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Online Education

Online education has been seen as an area available to those unable to access full-time education. Technology developments have added the use of email, web-based presentations and more. It is possible to use it for a single learning unit through to a full education load. In some instances it is even possible to undertake practical activities online.

It now allows you to choose where and when you study/complete work, even to study from overseas. It can be done in conjunction with full-time employment, managing a family, running a business ... . It can be used for professional or personal reasons. You can even select individual course units from a number of sources [e.g. MOOCs].

In previous years, this form of study was called either external studies or distance education, with the latter term still being used by many groups.

Online education is provided by most universities, some colleges and all government school systems. Numerous universities now provide “Open Courseware” online, free to all who are interested.

You must decide if you are suited to this method of learning and realise online education has both positive and negative aspects. Getting Started - Open Universities Australia provides basic information regarding how the process works.

Similar sites include Distance Learning Pros and Cons, Distance Learning Do’s and Don’ts, Guide to Starting Your Online Education.

In one online book titled The Ultimate Guide to Online Education, chapters cover specific aspects such as - What is Online Education ?, Understanding Online Learning Terms, The Pros and Cons of Online Education plus another 7 areas. The creators indicate the “guide is meant to serve as the ultimate resource for online education as it is today”. While US based, the sections apply worldwide and are worth reading before starting any online/distance education course.

This page looks at online education programs in Australia. These cover schools [Distance Education, School of the Air], universities and vocational areas.

State Information

Australian Capital Territory

  • Distance Education - ACT
    ‘We are committed to providing quality education to all ACT students. We understand that a regular school setting may not, at times, suit an individual student. Enquiries about accessing the Distance Education program should be directed to distanceeducation@act.gov.au or by calling [02] 6142 3751’.

Other Sources

  • Study Online - Canberra Institute of Technology
    ‘An increasing number of CIT’s courses include subjects or components that can be studied fully or partially online. Check the course details to find out whether the course you are interested in has online or off-campus components’.
  • See the Distance Education in Australia link in the Australian Information/Individual Centres listing below for other non-government online education sites.

New South Wales

  • Access Program
    ‘Provides a shared curriculum for senior secondary students across five clusters of isolated schools. Small groups of students interact with each other and their teacher through videoconferencing and collaborative technologies. This enables rural students to complete their secondary education at their local school with the support of their community - without having to live away from home’.
  • Aurora College
    ‘Aurora College is the NSW Department of Education’s virtual school, providing students in rural and remote communities with the opportunity to connect locally and learn globally. Aurora students connect with their teachers and classmates in timetabled lessons through a cutting-edge virtual learning environment which comprises web conferencing software, a learning management system, and a range of communication and collaboration tools’. Covers Years 5-12 with different programs.
  • DART Connections
    ‘Connections is a project of the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities unit - Distance And Rural Technologies [DART]. Connections provides and co-ordinates video conferencing excursions’. Extensive range of topics, venues and people involved.
  • Distance Education
    Part of Rural and Distance Education. Enrolling in distance education for travel; Full-time enrolment; Single course enrolment; Supervisor support resources; and Frequently asked questions for parents.
  • Distance Education Enrolment Procedures
    Access the document which provides all required information using this link.
  • Distance Education Centres
    Preschool to Secondary and a Support Unit. Title, contact numbers and link to each centre. Distance education centres are located across NSW and have designated intake areas. Several centres are listed below.
  • Rural and Remote Education
    ‘The Rural and Distance Education unit is based in the Bathurst State office and supports schools in rural and remote areas and those providing distance education. It covers Rural and Remote Education; Scholarships and allowances; Distance and Rural Technologies Team; Rural and Remote Network Initiatives; Rural and Remote K-12 Career Education Initiative; Rural and Remote Marking Program; and Further information’.
  • Rural and Remote Education, A blueprint for action
    This document can be downloaded here [PDF format].

Other Sources

  • Australian Christian College - Distance Education
    ‘Distance Education at Australian Christian College is a natural extension of our vision for a quality education. Our DE students learn through the internet at home, in their performing arts studio, or even on the golf course. We are the largest provider of non-government F-12 education in Australia’ covering all states and territories except Victoria. The school based at Marsden Park can be viewed using this link. Fees are listed at the bottom of this page.
  • TAFE Digital
    ‘TAFE Digital is part of TAFE NSW, and is the largest online education provider in Australia. We combine the best of all previous TAFE NSW online platforms [OTEN, TAFENow and TAFE Online] to offer you current and industry relevant courses across the range of modern industries. Enjoy flexible learning to fit your lifestyle with online short courses, certificates, diplomas and degrees’.
  • TAFE Statement in HSC Studies
    ‘This course is currently available at 2 campus locations across NSW and online. Enquire [now] for other locations’. A second page also provides some information but directs back to the first page to gain confirmation about whether the course is running.
  • See the Distance Education in Australia link in the Australian Information/Individual Centres listing below for other non-government online education sites.

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Northern Territory

Other Sources

  • Australian Christian College - Distance Education
    ‘Distance Education at Australian Christian College is a natural extension of our vision for a quality education. Our DE students learn through the internet at home, in their performing arts studio, or even on the golf course. We are the largest provider of non-government F-12 education in Australia’ covering all states and territories except Victoria.
  • Charles Darwin University
    ‘Charles Darwin University is a dual-sector university which means we offer both Vocational Education and Training courses and Higher Education courses. We also offers short courses and enabling courses to get you back into the swing of studying. At CDU, you’ll have the flexibility to study your way online, on campus, full time or part-time’.
  • See the Distance Education in Australia link in the Australian Information/Individual Centres listing below for other non-government online education sites.

Queensland

  • Queensland Virtual STEM Academy
    ‘The Queensland Virtual STEM Academy [QVSA] will engage highly capable Year 5 to Year 9 students from across Queensland in innovative virtual STEM learning. The QVSA will use an innovative, real time, online learning platform to deliver programs and enable students to collaborate with other like-minded, highly capable STEM students’.
  • Resources for Parents
    Includes a wide range of information including the Partners in Learning Program specifically for those using the Schools of Distance Education program. Many others would also be useful.

Other Sources

  • Australian Christian College, [Moreton, Qld.]
    ‘ACC’s Online Distance Education School is a legitimate option with qualified teacher support, registered curriculum and university pathways. Our team of university-qualified and experienced teachers stretch, challenge and grow our students’ academic abilities using technology solutions from the likes of Google for Education, Apple and Khan Academy’.
  • Online Learning TAFE Queensland
    ‘Studying with TAFE Queensland Online gives you access to TAFE Queensland’s huge range of nationally-recognised qualifications with the flexibility and freedom to study anywhere, any time. Information for ... ; Why study with us; Study areas; How it works; Payment options’.
  • Riverside Christian College Distance Education
    Enrolment information; Curriculum; News and Events; Student Area; Tutor Tips; Extra Information. Based in Maryborough, Queensland. Can be accessed by interstate and international students.
  • See the Distance Education in Australia link in the Australian Information/Individual Centres listing below for other non-government online education sites.

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South Australia

  • External Education
    sa.gov.au. ‘Students unable to regularly attend school may be eligible to access an external education program, or online learning to participate in particular studies not available at their current school’. Overview, links [including to some below].
  • Open Access College [South Australia]
    ‘About OAC; Wellbeing; Enrolment; Curriculum; Students; Schools; Parents; History of Open Access College; Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Community; Videos; more’. Two campuses : Marden - catering for students from Reception to Year 12 and adults; and Port Augusta - catering for Reception to Year 7 students who are geographically remote. Be sure to check the page with Information for Parents.
  • Port Augusta Centre
  • School of the Air [Port Augusta]
    Information covering all aspects of this operation.

Other Sources

  • Australian Christian College - Distance Education
    ‘Distance Education at Australian Christian College is a natural extension of our vision for a quality education. Our DE students learn through the internet at home, in their performing arts studio, or even on the golf course. We are the largest provider of non-government F-12 education in Australia’ covering all states and territories except Victoria.
  • TAFE SA - Online Courses
    ‘Studying with TAFE SA online gives you access to TAFE SA’s huge range of nationally recognised qualifications with the flexibility and freedom to study a qualification or short course in your own space, at your own pace. It gives you access to TAFE SA’s huge range of resources and the freedom to study anywhere, any time’.

Tasmania

Other Sources

  • Australian Christian College - Distance Education
    ‘Distance Education at Australian Christian College is a natural extension of our vision for a quality education. Our DE students learn through the internet at home, in their performing arts studio, or even on the golf course. We are the largest provider of non-government F-12 education in Australia’ covering all states and territories except Victoria.
  • TasTAFE Online Courses
    ‘We have over 200 courses on offer and provide training on campus, in the workplace, in the community and online’.
  • See the Distance Education in Australia link in the Australian Information/Individual Centres listing below for other non-government online education sites.

Victoria

  • Victoria [Departmental listing]
    ‘Virtual School Victoria is one of the largest State Government schools in Victoria. Previously known as Distance Education Centre Victoria, our history dates back to 1909’. Specific areas include :
  • Enrolment Information
    Covers multiple sections including personal and technical requirements.
  • Parents and Supervisors
    ‘Information on this page can help parents, carers and school supervisors support students to achieve success while they study with VSV’.
  • Students
    ‘We provide flexible learning opportunities to diverse and unique Victorian students – from Foundation to Year 12. We foster a safe, engaging and inclusive learning environment by coupling state-of-the-art technology with innovative and adaptive teaching practices’.
  • Subject Information
    ‘We offer one of the largest ranges of subjects of any school in Victoria, from Foundation to Year 12’.
  • School Strategic Plan 2019-2022
    You can download the document here [PDF].
  • Virtual Learning - Pedagogical Model
    ‘The Virtual School Victoria Pedagogical Model for Virtual Learning was developed at VSV by Instructional Leaders, representatives from the VSV Executive Leadership team, and with support from sub school leadership’.

Other Sources

  • GOTAFE
    The home of GoTafe. From here you can access a range of information about online learning and courses via the following as well as other pages :
  • Current Students
    This page provides information about enrolment, learning tools and email.
  • How to Apply
    ‘There are a number of ways you can apply for a course at GOTAFE’.
  • Online Campus
    Access Courses Available Online [accredited and short courses].
  • Online Service Standards
    ‘GOTAFE is committed to providing a quality learning experience for students studying online. These online service standards explain our commitment to students in key areas’.

Western Australia

  • Distance Education
    ‘Whether studying through the School of Isolated and Distance Education or one of our five Schools of the Air, children have access to the same learning opportunities, and follow the same Western Australian curriculum, as those attending full time school’. Brief overview and links to all those listed below.
  • SIDE
    ‘SIDE is a unique K-12 online public school based in Leederville, a suburb of Perth. Site sections include - About; K-6 Primary; 7-12 Enrolment; 7-12 Curriculum; E-learning; Quick Links’ The K-6 Primary School section is found here. Sections include Introduction - Welcome to Primary K-6; A Guide to SIDE Primary K-6; Enrolment; Curriculum; Parent Information; and Student Achievements. There is also a link to the Secondary Guide on this page.
  • School of The Air centres are listed below.

Other Sources

  • Australian Christian College - Distance Education
    ‘Distance Education at Australian Christian College is a natural extension of our vision for a quality education. Our DE students learn through the internet at home, in their performing arts studio, or even on the golf course. We are the largest provider of non-government F-12 education in Australia’ covering all states and territories except Victoria.
  • Swan Christian College
    This college has an online sector called SwanOnline. As they indicate - ‘In today’s online world, the classroom can be wherever an internet connection is available. Swanonline welcomes students from Year 7-12 and offers an excellent alternative pathway for students and families who find a traditional school model does not suit their situation or lifestyle’.
  • TAFE Admissions Full time Studies Guide
    Most of the TAFE colleges in Western Australia will offer external or online options for a range of courses.
  • See the Distance Education in Australia link in the Australian Information/Individual Centres listing below for other non-government online education sites.

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Australian Information

Other Sites

Advisory Sites

  • AADES
    ‘The peak professional organisation in Australasia representing school level distance education’.
  • ACODE
    ‘ACODE’s mission is to enhance policy and practice in Australasian higher education around technology enhanced learning and teaching at institutional, national and international levels’.
  • Charles Sturt University - Study Online
    ‘Is online study new to you ? There is no need to panic. We’ll introduce you to all the skills and tools you’ll need before you start studying’. Courses, Options, Support, more.
  • eLearn Hub
    ‘Do you want to spread the word about quality online education ? eLearn Hub takes guest posts on all things education - sections cover Course Support; Tools & Software; Conferences; Interesting Stuff; Free eBook [developing an online course]; services; more’. New Zealand.
  • Top 5 Tips for Online Study
    ‘Studying online is convenient and saves time because you can study at home or from work. But it is demanding in other ways. You need to be especially disciplined and organised. But achieving success has its challenges and that’s where these top 5 tips come in’.

International Advisory Sites

  • 7 Time Management Tips for Online Students
    ‘The better you manage your time, the easier it is to achieve your goals. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, meaning, it’s not about how much time you have, but how well you can manage it’.
  • eLearning Best Practices
    ‘Anything you need to know about eLearning best practices. Tips, advice and valuable resources written by eLearning experts. Find out more ...’. Extensive list of articles covering every aspect. Select the ones you feel you need.
  • Online Student’s Manual for Success
    ‘The following guide helps future and new online college students avoid common pitfalls, improve academic performance, manage their stress and time effectively, and find valuable resources’.
  • Tips for Successful Online Learning
    ‘In this collection of online learning best practices, we share tips and strategies to help you succeed in your learning journey, including ways to : Keep your mind and body healthy; Effectively manage your time and minimise distractions; Forge connections with your virtual learning community; Get the most out of your learning; and Conquer logistics’.

Individual Centres

  • Accellier Education
    ‘Accellier is the trading name of SAVE Training Pty Ltd and is a Registered Training Organisation [RTO 32395] that offers a range of nationally recognised courses in education and business Australia wide through our online and face to face courses’. [Previously listed as SAVE Training].
  • Accredited Online Training
    ‘Online, nationally recognised courses all over Australia. Certificates and Diplomas in the Business Service training package, Training and Assessment and Finance’.
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
    ‘Held across Australia and online, our world-class courses provide Rural Generalists with the confidence and skills to deliver exceptional care to their communities’. [Previously listed as Rural and Remote Education Online].
  • Australian Online Institute [AOI]
    ‘A dynamically growing educational provider that offers a variety of courses in ELICOS [English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students], Business, Leadership and Management, Travel and Tourism’.
  • Australian Sports Academy - Distance Education
    ‘Australian Sports Academy offers its qualifications through Distance Education, flexible learning or by correspondence. We also offer the opportunity to undertake Diploma courses or single units through our world class distance education program’.
    Home page is currently being restructured. The above link goes to the rest of the site.
  • Chifley Business School
    ‘Combining the industry recognition of Chifley with Torrens’ flexible and modern approach to higher learning, graduates will enjoy a clear advantage in their professional development through courses designed by leaders across several sectors ’.
  • Distance Education in Australia
    Compiled by a homeschooler who has collated ‘a comprehensive list of Distance Education providers in Australia, per state. You can learn more about Distance Education here’. The list includes both Public and Private school options.
  • ECA Maritime College
    ‘We are totally online, except for your Practical Assessment – this still needs to be completed face-to-face. All enrolments, interviews, meetings, classes and written exams are now online’.
  • Health Academy Australia
    ‘Offering Courses in Nutrition, Natural Health, Psychology, Biological sciences and Counselling for the past 12 years. Health Courses Australia offers courses in Aged Care, Health Care, Dental Assisting and Diploma of Counselling’.
  • Inspire Education
    ‘We have courses offered online, through distance learning, or face to face !’
  • NREL Courses Online
    ‘NREL’s online learning platform is a 21st century way of meeting the needs of people who are looking to start a real estate career, or up-skill their current qualifications to further their real estate employment prospects. It delivers online real estate training in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria’.
  • Online and Distance Education [Study in Australia]
    ‘Advances in information technology have led to the expansion of distance education opportunities in Australia. A wide selection of Australian qualifications can now be completed from the convenience of your own home’.
  • Open Colleges
    ‘Open Colleges offers a variety of flexible online courses. So whether you want to follow a passion, take the next step in your career or start a completely new one, we have a course that can give you the skills and confidence to succeed’.
  • Upskilled Australia
    Online courses in multiple areas [see front page] in addition to their onsite and centre based courses. ‘Gain access to a fully customised online learning portal for learning materials, communication tools and assessments’.

Multi-Provider Groups

  • Career FAQs
    ‘Nationally recognised, accredited online university and vocational education courses from leading Australian distance education specialists. Career FAQs also offers an extensive range of valuable online career resources’.
  • CourseFinder
    ‘We’re pleased to feature courses from Australia’s best Universities, Colleges, TAFEs and private colleges’.
  • Courses Australia [Courses.com.au]
    Browse ‘courses by industry or qualification level; Learn about government funding; Explore Careers; Browse by location’.
  • Online Courses Australia
    ‘OCA offers the ultimate short course learning experience in Australia. Choose from dozens of courses. We offer exceptional value, flexible access and online support’. Check the Frequently Asked Questions page for help.
  • SEEK Learning
    ‘With over 5 700 courses from all Australian TAFEs, universities and leading registered training organisations, we’ve got your course options covered. Links to a wide range of course providers for these’.
  • StudySelect
    ‘Select Industry; Course by study type; Course Providers; Career Advice’. From universities, TAFEs and Colleges.
  • TAFE Courses
    ‘Start your search with Course Navigator. Get a personalised list of courses in under 30 seconds. Thousands of courses from Australia’s most trusted educators. We’ve matched over 500 000 students with their perfect course’.
  • U3A Online
    ‘U3A Online is the world-first virtual U3A operating exclusively online. U3A Online provides short courses for older people who enjoy learning but prefer the freedom to study where and when they choose. Our courses are open to all older people, or younger disabled people, anywhere in the world’.

University Online Courses

Only a sample of online education from universities in Australia is provided here.

  • Providers that offer Commonwealth assistance - Study Assist
    Be sure to consider the benefits of Commonwealth Assistance that will lower your costs. Done in state and territory groupings. Covers a diverse range of career areas.
  • Charles Sturt University
    ‘We offer everything from short courses to bachelor’s and master’s degrees online, so you can study the way that suits you. At Charles Sturt University you can choose from hundreds of courses available across 19 different career areas’.
  • Curtin University - Online Courses
    ‘Connect with a community of 12 000+ online learners. Study at your own pace with flexible study options through Curtin, Open Universities Australia [OUA or edX’.
  • Deakin University - Study Online
    ‘Invest in your skills now, to be ready for what comes next. Choose one of our industry-designed online courses, and secure your place in the future of work alongside our dynamic community of 60 000+ learners online’. Join now - Join our free short course to discover everything you need to know about studying online at Deakin. It’s the perfect preview to life as an online student
  • Griffith Online
    ‘Learning@Griffith, our online learning and teaching hub lets you access all course content and learning materials from anywhere you want to study. It contains all assessment information, lectures, digital readings, instructor details and online discussion forums’. Multiple intakes each year. Griffith University.
  • Monash Online
    ‘Embrace a new way to learn. Get in touch with a Monash course consultant about our online courses, or apply now to start your graduate study journey’. The Monash University Handbook may assist with your options.
  • Online Graduate University Courses [Melbourne University]
    ‘Our 100% online courses offer you an education experience of excellence, connecting you with the best and brightest minds worldwide. Study with us to gain specialist expertise and grow your career’.
  • Online Study [Edith Cowan University]
    ‘At ECU we understand that everyone has different work arrangements, family responsibilities, locations or even learning styles. So we offer loads of online courses to help you balance your study with other commitments. This includes areas like nursing, psychology, law, nutrition or many masters courses’.
  • Open Universities Australia
    ‘Explore online degrees, subjects and short courses. With over 380 degrees and 2 150+ subjects on offer, you have many study options to choose from. So, here are a few ways to explore degrees and subjects from leading Australian universities’.
  • Queensland University of Technology - Open Online Learning
    ‘Open online learning gives you access to online courses that are open to everyone, and most are free. You’ll be taught by our leading academics and become part of a worldwide community of learners’. Also available through Future Learn [‘a high quality global platform of courses offered by 149 partners’].
  • Step into Your Future - Study Online [Flinders University]
    ‘Flinders online courses provide a convenient and flexible way to achieve your study and career ambitions. You’ll receive the same quality education and qualifications as on-campus students with dedicated support available throughout your entire degree’.
  • Study an online course at CDU
    Charles Darwin University. ‘At CDU, you can study more than 100 university courses 100% online. Any time, any place, any device. As an online learning specialist, we’re ready to support you with quality online study that fits your schedule’.
  • Studying Online with SCU
    ‘When you study online at SCU Online, you can create a tailored study timetable that fits around your schedule’.
  • Studying with UNSW Online
    ‘Online Programs; Studying Online; How to apply’. As the Director of UNSW Online says - Studying online with UNSW is like studying at university in all respects other than you get to choose when you study and where you study. You may also like to check the UNSW - YouTube Channel for a wide range of information.
  • Study Online - CQUniversity
    ‘With over half of our Australian students regularly choosing to study online we are committed to providing a quality virtual experience. Our online offering is available to international students, providing the opportunity to gain a quality Australian qualification, no matter where you are in the world’.
  • Study Online - RMIT University
    ‘Change the way you think about studying. We have. The future of work starts here. Browse all study options’.
  • Study Online with Australian Catholic University
    ‘Study Australian Catholic University courses, degrees and subjects online through Open Universities Australia and graduate with the same university qualifications as an on-campus student. Online courses, degrees and subjects’.
  • Swinburne Online
    ‘Thrive in an ever-changing world with Swinburne Online. With courses ranging from short Professional Development courses up to full Masters degrees, whatever your career aspirations we have the right course for you’.
  • University of New England
    ‘We pioneered distance education for working adults back in the 1950s. And we’ve been perfecting it ever since. Our mission is to help ordinary people ‘future-proof’ themselves in response to the rapidly changing world in which we live. We now have more than 18 000 online students studying over 150 online courses. We provide 24/7 tutor support and even our exams are online’.
  • University of Queensland
    ‘Most programs are not available for full-time external delivery’. However, you should consider UQx - ‘The University of Queensland MOOCs. Browse free online courses in a variety of subjects. The University of Queensland courses found below can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee. Select a course to learn more’.
  • University of South Australia - Online Study
    ‘Study Areas; How you’ll learn; We have a range of support services ready to help you with your studies, IT support, career advice, counselling and more; Apply at a time that suits you and start at one of 4 start dates each year; FAQs’.
  • University of Tasmania - Study Online
    ‘Choose from 100+ online courses including a growing range of short courses, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and pathway programs into university. Study when and where it suits you with our dedicated and flexible online learning platform available 24/7’.
  • USYD online
    ‘Get prepared to start your university studies online. From guides to setting up your study space to online clubs and programs, we have everything you need to stay social, supported and connected with the University community while you study from home’.
  • Western Sydney University Online
    ‘Explore the range of courses Western Sydney University Online has on offer. Access our range of support online or over the phone, seven days a week with extended hours. Speak to a Course Consultant on 1300 050 928 to discover the right study option for you’

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