Studying on the Internet

The internet can be an excellent tool for Distance Learning through the Australian Correspondence Schools.

Traditional classroom learning has one major problem!. Different people learn in different ways and at varying rates. Some are information processors and others information gatherers. Some need to see to learn, others can learn just as fast by reading or hearing. When people are taught in a group; the teacher needs to decide on just one learning method and rate of learning; then apply that to everyone. Inevitably, some are frustrated because they are held back, others are left behind; and some might not learn at all, because the learning method just does not suit them at all.

 

 

Distance Education via the Internet treats You as an Individual

If the internet based course is structured properly, it can build in lots of flexibility for you to learn in a way that suits your needs, and provides fast and individualised support from academic tutors, where you are treated as an individual, rather than as just one face in a crowd. Our learning programs are designed very much with these things in mind.

Here are some of the ways you may use the internet to aid (and perhaps speed) your studies:

  1. Contacting Tutors
    • We have tutors on duty five days a week at our Melbourne and Gold Coast offices.
    • Email us any questions regarding your studies, and we will respond when we next check our email (usually daily).
  2. Sending Assignments
    • Any typed or written assignments can be sent to us by email.
      This saves the cost of postage, can be faster, and is perhaps more reliable than the postal system sometimes is.
    • Photos or drawings may be sent over the internet if you have access to a scanner.
    • Some assignment work (e.g. samples of things you made) may still need to be sent via the post (or a courier).
  3. Communicating with Other Students
    • Find other students living in your locality, or studying similar courses.
    • Liaise with them, share information, discuss your projects and assignments over the net.
  4. Research for Assignments
    • Search information for any research work via the internet.
    • Email the school for suggestions about where and how to search for specific information and contacts over the net.
    • Use an internet search engine to find addresses and phone numbers of contacts you can visit to undertake practical or research tasks in your studies.
  5. Accessing the School's Database
    • When appropriate, we can download files from our extensive database, and email them to you.
    • The school has a database which includes course notes of more than 300 current and discontinued courses, plus more than 40 published books and magazines written by our staff. If a student requests more information on something they are studying, it is very likely that we will be able to quickly email you something from the database.
  6. Make Valuable Contacts
    • Contact people and organisations in your area of study.
    • Develop relationships which may be useful in your future work.
  7. Online Training
    • Download course notes, perform self tests and chat with tutors and students.
    • Our online training system is state of the art, developed by our own computer programmers to be robust, reliable and effective.
    • Because we created the system, we control it (unlike most universities and colleges, that use off the shelf course delivery systems. Our system has been built specifically to fit with our courses, and our courses, written by our staff to fit with the course delivery system.