Why getting into online courses is better than maple syrup pancakes

16 Jul 2017 2:19 PM
Why getting into online courses is better than maple syrup pancakes

Do you want to start a new career or finish your Cert 3 but don’t have time? Know the advantages and disadvantages of online learning. Learn more.

Why getting into online courses is better than maple syrup pancakes

So you want to start a new career or finish your Cert 3 but don’t have time to attend a face to face course? Welcome to online learning! It has its advantages and disadvantages - let's take a look.

Advantages

  • You can work at home, at your own pace, anytime.
  • Have approximately a year to complete the course – 13 units for Aged care- that’s about one unit per month. Read here for other course details>>
  • You can apply for Credit Transfer if you’ve completed the same units with the same codes – check codes for all courses here>>
  • Can apply for Recognition of Prior learning if you’ve worked in the industry for years and can prove your work matches the competencies required for the units you are applying for. This can take weeks as there are a lot of documents required. So start early
  • If you work in the industry you can get the practical element signed off by a supervisor – no need to get assessed
  • You can volunteer at a workplace and build up your vocational hours plus study at the same time. You must get a Police check first before you can start - this can take weeks
  • Easy access to topics and assessment questions by using the Microsoft Word search or “find” function – can’t do that with a hard copy book

Disadvantages

  • Have to be motivated to work on your own
  • Miss the extra learning, tips and fun in a classroom
  • May take longer than you expect - life gets in the way
  • You will need a quiet space or time to get units done. Approximately 3-4 hours per unit in Cert 3 certificates
  • Lots of reading – you will learn to skim and find the important topics via search function in Word. Your trainer can help with this

Other requirements to enrol for an online course are:

Unique student Identifier – this is a one-time student number you apply for from here >>

A computer, a printer or access to one and a scanner. Also must be able to type! All assessments must be typed and submitted online or emailed to your trainer. Plus pages printed out to be signed by you and your supervisor. These pages are then scanned and sent to the portal or to your trainer. Sounds a lot but you will get used to it after a few units. Your trainer is available to support all the way as well.

More enrolment details here >>