Before we get into the nuts and bolts, let’s hear from a real person who has really done it, photography graduate Nicole Mankowski.
“Often the hardest part is the initial decision to begin, but then the direction will become obvious. If you start somewhere the rest will follow."
“I learn by doing, so TAFE NSW was perfect for me as a learning environment."
“For me there would be no other on-line learning comparison that could facilitate this.”
OK, nice points, Nicole! Now into the fine-print and the overview of how TAFE Digital study might work best for you. It's pretty simple, really.
Let's be honest: studying online can be challenging. Especially if you are working and have other commitments. So remember that TAFE Digital students have all the access to support services including career and study advice that other TAFE NSW students have. We are literally here for your education needs - it's our passion and our purpose. So help us to help you.
You don’t need to know how to write code. You don’t need to know how design web programs. And you certainly don’t need to have a master's degree in computer engineering.
To be successful in your TAFE Digital course, you will need to be comfortable typing, using the internet, using email, chatting to your teachers and classmates online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic computer-related tasks.
You’ll need access to a computer. Not a super-computer. The minimum specifications your computer will need to run is Microsoft Windows XP or later, or if you have an Apple computer, Mac OS X or above.
You are able to access discounted software once you are enrolled, so it may be worth getting in touch with TAFE DIGITAL to learn which software programs they recommend. But probably for your online course you’ll need to at least have Microsoft Office (or an equivalent word processing program), Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player and an up-to-date internet browser.
Additionally, some courses require you to have a smart phone, or access to a digital video recorder, allowing you to record footage for practical tasks.
Once you enrol, the majority of your work is able to be accessed from the learning platform of our website. You will be informed of what assessment events are required, and also provided instructions on how you can upload work.
If you are asked to send video or audio for an assessment, you can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox, then simply upload the URL to the course website so your teachers know exactly where to look. However, you should first talk with your teacher to learn how they would prefer to receive your video or audio file.
After you have enrolled, if you’re having trouble accessing your course resources or navigating the TAFE DIGITAL website, don’t stress. All you need to do is get in touch with one of our customer help officers, and they can help you navigate your way through any questions.
Tutors are able to be contacted via your Moodle course page. You can even send in a document that you’ve written and receive feedback from a tutor in less than 24 hours.
For help with things like study skills, writing essays or reports and referencing them, as an enrolled TAFE Digital, you can access Studiosity and get assistance from online subject specialists. This is on top of help that your unit facilitator can provide.