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    Default Online vs External study: which is better?

    I'm going back to study, first time in 20 years...scarey!

    There are various course providers, one that offers all online, another that is external (not online at all) - they mail you the materials etc, you mail it back.

    From your experience, which is better, online or external?

    For the life of me I cannot decide.

    Your opinions/advice greatly appreciated...need to make a decision!

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    Anyone???

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    I don't know but I'm curious too!

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    I found external great as could do it in my own time, but you have to be really motivated. Set classes just would not of worked with the kids.

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    Oh sorry, didn't read properly.

    I still say external as I liked to have the printed work in front of me, not just on the computer. Although I emailed all my assessments, didn't have to post them.

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    I've just started studying an online course and the thing I like about it is that the lecturer records herself talking about that module so it's as close to face-to-face study as you're going to get without actually doing face-to-face. Obviously then there is plenty of reading to do yourself but you're going to get that no matter what method of study you choose. Also with online study, you have the support of your fellow students so if you have a question can post it on the online forum / discussion board and chances are another student will be able to answer your question for you.

    Good luck with whichever you choose!

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    I've done both. Only TAFE courses though. I found online a bit annoying as you're stuck in front of the computer. You do have the option to print things out but would prove to be rather expensive with most resources being a minimum of 50 pages long.
    I find it easier to have everything in front on me and to be able to highlight, scribble notes,etc. Then type it all up finished.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Hmmm yes was leaning towards external (paperbased) due to not being sure I would learn all that well purely in front of the computer.

    Another big difference the TAFE course comprises 200 placement hours (cert III Ed support), the online provider however is only 50 placement hours. Big difference. Unsure why, or whether the TAFE course is more thorough?

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    Another big difference the TAFE course comprises 200 placement hours (cert III Ed support), the online provider however is only 50 placement hours. Big difference. Unsure why, or whether the TAFE course is more thorough?
    Are they through the same course provider?
    Do you have to organise the prac yourself? I would swing more towards the 50 hours/online course if so.

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    The online course provider is BOnline. Yes we do need to place ourselves with a school (which I have lined up), TAFE is 200, BOnline 50. Seems strange to have such a big difference, but at the end of the day its the same certification, nationally recognised etc. A friend of mine said its a really good course, however payment is upfront and its all online. So yeah, would have to get used to studying at the computer!!


 

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