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Online courses: what you need to know

Whether all or part of your course has moved online, or you are looking at a new course, here are answers to FAQs about online study.

Online courses: what you need to know

TAFE NSW is the largest online education provider in Australia. We're here to support your study wherever you are.

What support can I access?

You can be anywhere when you study online with TAFE NSW, except alone. You will work with teachers, course coordinators, fellow students, and even industry insiders and employers. You might work on assignments together, and be in contact so you will be able to access support and advice.

A lot of TAFE NSW student services have moved online. Counsellors are still there to assist you in. And our libraries are working in a 24/7 digital space, but you can still get advice from librarians.

We’re still here for you.

What computer skills do I require for my online course?

You don't have to be a computer whiz for our online learning. But you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic tasks.


What software do I require for my online course?

This depends on what course you are doing. But a lot of software you will need can be accessed via your internet connection anyway. As a TAFE NSW student, you will have access to some software; as a general rule, you’ll need:

  • Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Up-to-date internet browser


What about these 'fee-free courses'?

Great question. Find out about the online courses that have no cost for you. These are designed to give you some of the skills you need. These are for current, past and new students: check out the courses we offer and the ways they can help you.


How will I hand in my assessment tasks?

Once you enrol you will work from the learning platform of our website.

Your course information will tell you what assessment events you are required to complete, and provide instructions on how to upload them so your assessor gets them.

If you are asked to send video or audio evidence for an assessment you can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox and just upload the URL to the course website so we know where to look.

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