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CQUni students transition to online learning

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CQU Vice Chancellor Nick Klomp.

CQUniversity has safeguarded its students’ education and wellbeing by quickly transitioning students who had been enrolled in on-campus units to their tried and tested online mode.

These students have now joined CQUniversity’s large online student cohort, who already study from the comfort of their own homes while staying near to family and their support networks.

CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp said the university was at the forefront of flexible learning with online students enjoying the same level of education and support as they would in an on-campus mode.

“CQUniversity is an industry leader in online education, and we are well placed to provide quality online services to all our students. In fact, we have been delivering distance education offerings for almost five decades,” Professor Klomp explained.

The University’s long-established and renowned online education mode has meant that CQUniversity has been able to continue with offering a wide range of courses for term two 2020, which starts 13 July.

In the online mode, CQUniversity students can join lectures live or watch at a time more convenient to them.

Students also have easy access to course materials and resources from their computer or smartphone, and can readily connect with other students and teaching staff online, ensuring the right balance between studying, family, work and other commitments.

Online study option important for students

Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry) graduate Shae Marr said the flexibility of CQUniversity’s online study options was critical in her success.

Graduating with distinction, Ms Marr said life was very busy as a mother, student and volunteer.

“My life was pretty full-on … it certainly helped being able to study via distance education, meaning I only had to come to campus for residential schools, where I really enjoyed putting my knowledge into practice,” she said.

CQUniversity Bachelor of Digital Media student Kaitlyn Withoos said her recent transition to online study due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a relatively easy process.

“I still have online conferences with my lecturers at the same time as I would have face-to-face on campus. This makes it easy for scheduling,” she said.

“I was already doing creative writing online, so it was no problem to slide into the other online courses.

“In the future, it will be easy to communicate with our teachers during assessment periods and we can also communicate with the other students in both our class and the unit.”

Looking to the future when the current crisis is over, students will again be able to enjoy CQUniversity’s Bundaberg campus facilities.

The Bundaberg campus encompasses over 23 hectares and features state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including a purpose-built accident forensics laboratory for hands-on learning experiences.

Students can also benefit from small class sizes and individualised support, as well as a library, bookshop and refectory.

Applications to study at CQUniversity are open now for courses in Business and Accounting, Education, Laws, Nursing, Psychology, and much more. Find out more and explore your options at the www.cqu.edu.au.

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