Many universities and TAFEs offer units or entire degrees on the Internet! Online study gives you the freedom to choose when and where you do your coursework. This flexibility is particularly appealing to students who are working full-time, who are parents or carers, or who have a disability or health condition.
If you choose to study online, you may still be required to visit the campus on a few rare occasions. But otherwise, you can complete your modules and assessments from home. Some classes occur in real-time so that you can interact with your lecturers and fellow students. Others are more flexible – you’ll be responsible for staying up-to-date with the weekly content. These courses might also have online forums for students to share study experiences, ask relevant questions, and generally support each other with their learning.
Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are another way to study online. Unlike university or TAFE courses, MOOCs are generally free of charge; and they do not require you to meet any entrance criteria, such as having studied certain subjects in high school or achieved a particular grade.
MOOCs are often short courses, so they can be a good way to find out what you enjoy without committing to a longer period of study. Completing a MOOC won’t give you a formal qualification, but some universities allow people who have completed one of their MOOCs to get credit for recognised learning if they enrol in an associated formal qualification course. In other words, you might not have to enrol in and pay for one of the first year units of the formal qualification course. This credit for recognised learning differs across universities so it is a good idea to check if it applies to a MOOC and associated formal course you are interested in.
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