A lot has changed lately. Online degrees have long been the norm for Charles Darwin University, but for many Australians, the idea of studying online from home is part of the ‘new normal’ post Coronavirus lockdown. But, not all online learning is created equal.
To find out how Charles Darwin University’s various colleges are meeting the challenge of online learning during the coronavirus crisis, we spoke with an expert—CDU’s Dr Alison Reedy, Team Leader Higher Education and Training Development, Office of Education Strategy.
It’s clear that the COVID-19 crisis has challenged the higher education sector to rethink teaching and learning. The result is that more students than ever will be studying online. Is Charles Darwin University prepared to meet that challenge?
Margaret Turnbull began her Bachelor of Laws at Charles Darwin University with a one-year-old on her knee, and had her second child in her second semester of study. Margaret also managed to win eight awards and two scholarships, including one for a stint at Harvard Law School. And she graduated in only four years, with first class honours. Wow.
Are you considering studying a Bachelor of Laws, but struggling to figure out how you’ll fit lectures, library visits and study groups into your already busy schedule? Good news: like most things these days, you can study your Law degree online through CDU. Read on to find out what’s involved.
1. How flexible is your life?
We’ve all been there. You’ve written a great assignment and kept a rough record of your references – which means you have to spend a good hour or two tidying them up. All while you’re desperate for that end-of-assignment coffee and the deadline is approaching! Here, CDU’s team of expert librarians, share their top tips on how to speed up the referencing process.
Are you a parent considering going to uni but not sure if the reward is worth the risk? Hear from Jason, a proud father who graduated from a Bachelor of Nursing with CDU. He was working full time, mostly night shifts, while studying full time online. His daughters watching him was his greatest source of motivation.
Dirty coffee cups on the sink from late-night study cramming, clothes strewn across the floor, and pets that need walking. Does this picture look familiar? If so, you might benefit from improving your study efficiency and effectiveness through a study ritual. But what’s a study ritual? Definition: Noun: study /ˈstʌdi/ - The devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books. Adjective: ritual /ˈrɪtʃʊəl/ – (of an action) arising from convention or habit.. Source: Dictionary.com
Unless you’ve studied at university before, it can all seem a little overwhelming. Between attending lectures, doing assignments and readings, and fitting in the odd coffee or run, life can get busy. We asked some CDU students what their ultimate study tip is for those who are just starting their uni journey. Read on to learn from the best.
So, you’ve made the decision to study your degree online, but you’re a bit confused about how to access library resources as a distance learner. After all, how can you borrow a book when you can’t visit the library? Or where can you access library resources, like journal articles, so you can complete your assignments? Don’t worry; we’ve got all the answers!
There are many reasons why it’s important to stay connected with other students during your studies. Especially when you may also be juggling work and family life, your study community is not only for academic collaboration, but also a critical social support network for this part of your world.
Wondering how much you need to fork out to get a degree? Or want to know whether you can do your degree online so you don’t have to put your career on hold while you study? Or maybe you’re stumped on the eligibility requirements for your dream course. Finding out all the answers to your questions about studying at university can seem a little daunting, but don’t let that stand in the way of achieving your goals. Check out the answers to the top three questions we’re asked by prospective students, like you, below.
It’s an expression we use every day, so it might surprise you that the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood. Meagan Miskin is the Health, Wellbeing & Injury Management Consultant at CDU and she shares the importance that good mental health plays when it comes to work, study and life.
By design, being a student can lend itself to a sedentary lifestyle between lectures, study requirements, assignments and exams. Think back to when you were a child…How often were you sitting still? Think about your current lifestyle… How often do you move? Somewhere in between being a child and being an adult, we lose the critical habit of movement. The key for all adults is to build sustainable healthy movement habits into our day. Meagan Miskin is the Health, Wellbeing & Injury Management Consultant at CDU and she shares her top five tips to increase your movement and productivity.
With a passion for improving the mental health outcomes for people living in remote and rural communities, Rachel Ashton has proudly completed her last two clinical placements in the Northern Territory as part of her Bachelor of Nursing degree with CDU. We asked Rachel about what motivated her through her study journey as well as her experiences on placement, and the challenges she faced along the way to become a Registered Nurse.
Sometimes, it can feel isolating to study alone. That’s where a study buddy can come in handy to keep you motivated in achieving your study goals. Having a study buddy on deck is also a great way to make new friends. We asked five CDU students what makes a good study buddy:
Mauro is proof that anyone can make a mid-life career change, regardless of their education or personal background. A Melbourne native, Mauro was in his early forties when he decided to make the switch from working health administration and become a lawyer. He's taken time out of his busy career to tell us about his journey and the massive challenges he overcame along the way.