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FAQ Online Learning FAQ

Questions & Answers on online learning & courses

  1. Carolyn
    How do online courses differ from traditional courses?
    Traditionally, courses take place in a class room with other students and a teacher. With online courses, you can study from anywhere so long as you have access to a computer and an internet connection. There is usually limited contact with the teacher, and any interaction with other students is usually done through online discussion forums. Usually, you can take online courses at your own pace and study when it is convenient to you. With online courses, self-motivation is key!

    Do online courses have deadlines?
    This depends on the course. Some don't have any deadlines and you can submit the coursework whenever you choose. Others do have deadlines that you need to respect. These could be a specific date or a time frame in which to complete a task. You can check this on the course information page before you enrol on an online course.

    Do you ever get to meet your teacher?
    The advantage of online courses is that you can study from anywhere - you don't have to go to a specific location to take the course. The drawback of this is that you probably won't meet your instructor face to face. Many online courses, however, allow you to interact with your teacher via e-mail, chat rooms or using discussion forums.

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