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How the right tools benefit online learners

Why Leigh chose to study at Swinburne Online 

After 10 years working alongside disabled children, Leigh decided to leave the job she loved to pursue motherhood full-time. However, a few years after starting her own family – she began debating whether she should finally get her degree.

Leigh made the choice to return to study after researching online university courses, so she could fit her work around her family.

Her attitude was “why not? What have I got to lose?” and took this mindset with her when she enrolled in a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at Swinburne Online.

“With five children aged between 3 to 9 years old, I would never have been able to attend a regular uni campus and lectures during the day. The flexibility of online allows me to be a mother and wife during the day and a student at night.”

How learning tools and collaboration lift experience

To ensure students get the most out of their environment, Swinburne Online provides all its students with a suite of tools that Leigh has found extremely beneficial.

“I have found the assignment assistance tool, Smart Thinking, which Swinburne Online provides to all students, invaluable.”

On top of having the right tools on hand, Leigh believes it’s important to be involved in the course work and group discussions as much as possible.

“I find the more you involve yourself, the richer the experience. You get to know your peers and your teachers more deeply and although you can’t see people face to face, you create friendships.”

Just recently Swinburne Online launched Connect - an online campus designed to support students and make it easier to build connections outside the digital classroom.

Connect allows students to interact in real time and create social groups such as the Pregnant Mums & Mums with Newborns! group.

Professor Kay Lipson, Swinburne Online’s Director of Strategy, explains that learning happens both formally and informally with the digital classroom facilitating formal learning and Connect providing a platform for more social interaction to take place.

“Connect is where informal learning takes place and where students have the opportunity to engage with one another on many different levels.”

Leigh’s advice to anyone considering Swinburne Online 

“You won’t know unless you give it a go! There is so much to learn and friends to be made along the way. It is exciting, interesting and rewardingly challenging.”

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