Much of our working and social lives is conducted online, so it’s only natural that education should follow suit. In the beginning, online degrees were regarded with circumspection and suspicion. It’s not surprising really because there were plenty of online ‘qualifications’ that weren’t worth the paper that they were photocopied on. However, as reputable universities and colleges started to recognise the potential of online learning, they started offering more online courses and now they can barely keep up with demand.
In Australia, online learning is particularly popular as most of the country’s TAFE institutes offer nationally accredited certificate and diploma courses online. It’s also rare to find a university that doesn’t offer a range of online study options.
What Can You Study Online?
The only time that online courses become a little unstuck is when the subject has a strong practical element. However, a lot of online TAFE courses compensate for that by dividing study programs into online theory and practical training, like beauty therapy courses and education and nursing courses, for example. Perhaps you’re working towards an engineering degree or diploma, in which case you might be able to study a few modules online but most of other courses and modules will only be available on-campus.
Other online courses can be tied to traineeships or apprenticeships, so you get your practical experience during the day and study your theory at night.
Then there are online short courses, which are indispensible to continuous professional development but which are also prized among people who just want to learn about stuff. Business managers in QLD might want their staff to take online short courses to buff up their Excel skills. Accounting associations in NSW might want their members to take online short courses to maintain the integrity of the field. A stay-at-home dad in Melbourne might want to study online writing courses so he can get his first novel published. A granny in Perth might want to take nurtion or childcare courses online so she can look after her sick grandson. And a fitness instructor in Canberra might want to study online short courses on first aid or sports psychology to round out his services.
No matter where you interest lies, you are virtually guaranteed to find an online course to suit you. Use TafeCourses.com.au’s education portal to find online TAFE certificates and diplomas, university degrees and short courses in Australia.