Online learning is about students and teachers using technology to support learning and connect with one another.
Some potential benefits of online learning include:
- learning anytime, anywhere, any place
- reduced time to complete courses
- joining and contributing to online communities.
Different WSI courses use different online resources and activities.
All WSI students have access to WSI Online. Your online learning may make use of video, audio, Facebook and Twitter (for discussion and group work), wikis, and blogs.
For some of your study, you may be invited to exchange ideas and information with others in a forum or in an online chat session using Adobe Connect (a web conferencing tool).
What are the technical requirements for online learning?
If your course is offered online, you will need access to a relatively recent computer or laptop with internet connection (preferably broadband).
NSW Department of Education and Communities Portal
The Student Portal provides a personalised learning space for students to access email, filtered Internet browsing and other online educational and curriculum resources. The Portal also provides remote access (eg from home and libraries) to email.
Essential technologies for online learning
All you need is a computer with internet access. The course or unit of competency you undertake may have specific software requirements but, for the most part, this will get sorted out when you have your first contact with your teacher.
For beginners there is more information and free tutorials under Computer Basics at GFC LearnFree.org.