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I have heard of Open Universities Australia, one of the leading providers of doing a 'degree' online.

I was just wondering, how does it all work? I fail to see how you can gain a QUALIFICATION by doing University on-line, we all know you need that face to face contact with lecturers, tutors and students, and access to the abundance of resources available AT the University in order to really  succeed. E-mailing teachers for help just isn't the same!

Also, how would you complete tests and exams and ensure you time yourself, and don't cheat whilst doing it at home.

I have a feeling this option is mainly for adults who are already in a job, and wish to extend their qualifications?

Thanks

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While I am not overly familiar was the way Open Universities Australia works, I believe studying for a degree online would be similar to studying a distance education subject at secondary school.

I undertook two distance education subjects during my time in secondary school, as my school did not offer them: Music and Japanese. I would imagine distance education in a secondary school program differs from distance education at university, however it is very much like how you have described - there is minimal face to face contact with your teachers, and all of the work that I was assigned was mailed to my school. I would then complete it, and mail it back to the tutor.

As for tests and exams, I believe they would either be conducted online, or you would have to make an appearance at a venue and sit with everyone else undertaking the degree. Most of the tests I had were either online or via phone, and my exam was at a specific venue.

Cheating is an inevitable part of tests and examinations, however I imagine Open Universities Australia would have taken into account the ease with which distance education students may be able to do that, and would have put in place preventative measures.

People who study via distance education tend to have restrictions placed on them, such as full time work, a family to look after, etc., making them unable to attend university in person. I have a friend who is 21, who is studying for a diploma and chose to do it via distance education because she also wanted to work full time. This example makes me believe that distance education is not just limited to working adults.

I am not 100% certain if distance education in secondary school is akin to distance education with universities, however I know that I completed my VCE while undertaking distance education, so I don't see it being exceptionally difficult or restricting to those completing a degree using the same methods. If you would like more information regarding this subject, have a look at the Open Education Australia website.

I hope this helps!

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I imagine it would be a lot like Distance Education in VCE if students have done that. You get access to the course materials via Blackboard or a web interface and you download, print and study them yourself.


If you have questions, you e-mail the teacher and get an answer
Class discussions occur via Blackboard


To be honest, I wouldn't recommend this kind of study unless there's no other option.

One of the biggest benefits from attending University (in my opinion) is networking with people with the same interests and study area.

Often in many fields of study, this peer group may go on to be a large subset of your future colleagues, bosses, peers, competition and friends.

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Samantha K, with whom did you enrol to study the VCE?. i would like to know your experience, did you have deadlines?

thanks

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