How Online Study Works

Whether you are a morning person or night owl, need to study weekdays or weekends, benefit from the flexibility to study when it suits you. Our online courses are accessible from almost any connected device, via interactive learning platforms that connect you with experienced lecturers and a range of personalised resources on-the-go, right at your fingertips.

Better still, it’s our 40 years of experience, dedicated support and the connections we provide that make our everyday online courses the preferred choice of thousands of TAFE and university students. Or, our Be Different flexible online postgraduate and professional development courses provide the ultimate in flexibility and convenience if you are seeking a self-paced 100% online option.

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As a leader in online learning, we're committed to making you feel more connected and less isolated when choosing to study one of our everyday online courses. You're learning experience is enhanced with personalised learning platforms, around the clock online learning support and access to more than 20 locations.

You can rest assured the course you choose to study online with CQUniversity meets the same accreditation and professional recognition requirements as our on-campus courses and you receive the same quality education and official qualification upon successful completion of your study.

With our everyday online courses, you can conveniently access your lectures, tutorials, readings and learning resources in your online classroom, Moodle. For each unit, you will see what content you need to learn each week to stay on track. Plus, view all your assessments in advance so you don’t miss a deadline. Choose whether to join a live lecture or access a recorded version at a time that suits you. To help you plan ahead, you can access your learning materials two weeks before the start of term.

Connect with other students and your course leaders in Moodle. Discuss content, ask about assessments, and contact your lecturers using forums, Zoom and email all from within Moodle. Thanks to our small class sizes, you can be confident of feeling more supported throughout your studies – our lecturers get to know you by name and our online learning communities ensure you won’t feel isolated.

Remember, if you are located near a campus or study hub, you can drop in anytime and use the student facilities and support services or access them online via MyCQU. You may also need to attend campus or a nominated location for scheduled residential schools and exams. We also recommend attending orientation online or on campus and have helpful tips to ensure online study success.

MyCQU is your personalised learning portal giving you access to support and advice whenever you need. Customised to your personal study journey, MyCQU helps you to stay organised and features helpful tools like personalised calendars, checklists and notifications to keep you on track.

Many of our everyday online courses include practical components to ensure you graduate work-ready. Your online course may be offered in a blended mode, requiring you to attend residential schools during your studies. Residential schools are an important part of your learning experience and allow you to connect with your lecturers, students and industry specialists. They are usually scheduled in blocks, generally three to five days in length, and are intensive learning experiences encompassing the practical components of your course.

Information on your residential schools is available on the course page under the Residential School accordion and in the handbook and timetabling. The location of residential schools is dependent upon the unit being studied and you will be advised when the residential school timetable is released which is usually two weeks before start of term.

In the instance that COVID-19 impacts scheduled residential schools, CQUniversity will provide advice on any changes to residential school arrangements at the earliest opportunity to minimise disruption to you.

As an online student, you may be required to sit Standard Examinations, and Deferred and Supplementary Examinations as part of your everyday online course assessment requirements. These are scheduled each term and can be viewed in the Key Dates calendar. You can choose from a list of more than 200 exam centres in Australia and around the world, and if you live more than 150 km from a centre, you can apply to create a location closer to your home.

CQUniversity will provide advice on alternative exam arrangements should COVID-19 cause disruption to scheduled examinations.

Orientation is designed to provide you with the information you need to become a successful student at CQUniversity. It will help you become familiar with University systems and the support and services available to you. Orientation sessions are available online – stream one of our OG TV sessions or, if you live near a campus, attend the events and activities on campus during Orientation week.

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Choosing the right study load is key to online study success. A full time load is four units per term whilst a part time load is usually one or two units per term. The important consideration is how much time can you devote each week to your studies? As a general rule of thumb you should allocate 10-12 hours a week per unit to your study. That covers watching lectures, reading material, assignment preparation and completion and revision for exams.

The other factor is how fast you wish to complete your degree. The more units you study a term the faster you complete, however you want to be successful in your studies, so be realistic and choose a study load that you can successfully manage.

Yes, you do need to be self-motivated and committed to your studies to ensure you succeed, but don’t be deterred as with some planning and tips plus the extra support we offer when life gets in the way, you can do it! Here’s just a few top tips from our students.

  1. Don’t skip orientation – it’s the best introduction to studying online and includes lots of tips.
  2. Familiarise yourself with Moodle and the support services upfront and bookmark these for easy access to ensure you make use of all the resources available to you.
  3. Plan your calendar for each unit and diarise when you are going to make time to study and do assessments each week – try to stick to it and reschedule when you don’t.
  4. Ensure your study space is suited to your learning i.e. check lighting, space, noise and add inviting touches such as plants and candles.
  5. Connect and collaborate with lecturers and other students to discuss topics, ask for help and help you stay on track.
  6. Use the flexibility of online to fit study into your schedule during commutes or walks to catch up on components of our course via mobile device.
  7. Find ways to apply what you are learning to your work or look for work experience where you may be able to do this.
  8. Set limits on your personal screen time – it’s important to relax and even use screen time as a reward after you study, but consider where you could give up streaming or social media to have more time to study.