10 Points You Should Consider Before You Sign Up For Distance Education
Identify your reasons for study
To change or further your career, personal development, up skilling, re-skilling, professional accreditation, update qualifications.
Prospective Student Advisers (PSAs)
After assessing your reasons for study, you should talk with the experts about your pathways and options, your choice of subjects and what the courses can offer in line with your own plans, ambitions and objectives.
Fitting your study choices around your life and work commitments with Single Subject Study/Distance Education options that can be tailored to your individual circumstances.
Support mechanisms – technology
Your distance education provider will provide comprehensive course notes as well as an online supported curriculum, and forums, wikis, blogs, podcasts, access to library support, including online tutorials, the Library Survival Toolbox and how to develop info skills, and online assignment submission.
Support mechanisms – humans!
Tutors are available for consultation via phone, email, and blogs and if you can pop in to campus , you can attend lectures. Also consider whether your education provider has health and wellbeing resources entirely dedicated to its students including Student Counsellors who offer confidential assistance to people experiencing personal issues, Residential Advisers for first year students, a Student Equity Service for advice, advocacy and support for students who have been educationally disadvantaged, and Disability Support for people with physical or sensory impairments, or a medical condition.
The hub of your university resources is the Library, but there is much more to it than books on shelves. Distance Educations students can access resources from virtual and real libraries around the world. You can reserve one-on-one consultation time with a librarian to develop your research information skills and Faculty liaison librarians can help match services and resources to your requirements. The Library runs its own blog, The library keeps people up to date with new titles and DVDs, new databases, changes to services, as well as great websites. A Library blog usually has handy study tips, links to current reports and newspaper articles, and alerts you to any new Library podcasts.
Some subjects include a residential school, which as well as being a valuable opportunity to meet your tutors and other people studying your subject, helps reinforce the theory with hands-on experiences among your fellow students. Many residential schools incorporate assessable tasks. You can also access on-campus resources like the library, computers, gym, bookshops, and sporting facilities and in some cases, childcare.
Assistance available for costs and fees
Loans, scholarships and allowances are available and in some cases, students may qualify for the laptop incentive scheme.
Courses are developed with a real world context, lecturers are well respected in their fields and there is constant industry input in course development. Our Distance