Positive aspects include; online - can study from anywhere and don't need to attend physical classes; fits with my schedule; lecturers and tutors are generally quite helpful.
Negatives include: feelings of isolation; easy to fall behind; hard to catch up; course workload is much more than the 10 hours per week they state; website often plays up; finding information can be tricky; hard to find who to contact; no study breaks if you want to complete on time - 4 study periods per year that run consecutively with no holidays.
My piece of advice for future students is - stick to a schedule resolutely. Try and study at a physical campus. Form study groups. If you fall behind, contact tutors ASAP
Friendly people and faces with intriguing course material
My advice to future students is: Always go to your tutorials
I am currently studying a double degree in International Relations/International business; so a Bachelor of Arts and a bachelor of humanities.
The positive sides - there are so many! The tutors are incredible and always willing to help, which I’ve found especially useful as I have a disability and have found it to get to class. They’ve been incredibly accommodating to me and others. The tutorials are heavily discussion based, which is handy, but the lectures are quite easy to follow as there are always lecture notes, PowerPoint slides and additional readings.
The one negative aspect is that the assignments and the questions are often very broad. It can be difficult to figure out what they are exactly trying to ask, so pinpointing a discussion question or assignment can be tricky if you don’t understand the topic thoroughly.
My advice to future students is: Take lecture notes one week in advance. You learn more, understand more, and can question more because you’re already ahead!
I'm doing a screen arts major
Positives: Full on practical work
Negatives: Trusting the student to understand a role without giving workshops
My advice to future students is: Take out of class workshops to develop your skills
Positives: Fun learning environment as well as practical learning to prepare you for actual working environment.
Negatives: Nothing out of the ordinary. A lot of planning and teamwork required.
My advice to future students is: Stick to your passion and push through the obstacles that are to come.
I majored in History.
Positives: Most positive is there are no exams. That it allows me the flexibility to studying fully online from home. Great for full time workers and mum.
Negatives: Group assessment tasks online are near impossible to achieve a high score/ result. Hard to reach all content that an in face lecturer or tut would normally provide. Can be frustrating.
My advice to future students is: Ensure you have an end goal so that through the tough or sometimes boring units/ parts of your course you have the motivation to pull through
I'm majoring in Fine Arts and doing this online via Open Universities Australia.
Positives: Excellent online delivery. Remarkable organisation of learning exercises to achieve individual skill development. Ready access to tutors and personal engagement with course organisers. Diversity of tutors and high standard of learning materials. Flexibility of curriculum. Lots of options and room for personal creativity/direction.
Negatives: Lack of continuity with change of tutors during consecutive courses in third year. You are trying to complete your major work series (four subjects) and change of tutors leads to confusion about expectations. Wastes a fair bit of time and is annoying. Tutors seem overworked and unable to spend time getting familiar with student projects.
My advice to future students: Do the drawing courses as early as possible. They are very time consuming. Perhaps double the hours stated in the course outline. They provide skills which are vital to effective composition of other art works. Certainly don't miss them. It is possible to complete the Fine Arts major without the drawing research units but they are brilliant for skills development and for pushing you to explore additional media and processes.
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