Information About Learning Methods

Correspondence

This is the traditional method of completing home study courses at ACS Distance Education. All course materials are posted to you. Assignment submissions can be posted or e-mailed to us. You can, of course, still e-mail or telephone us at any time for assistance regarding your course.

Online

Online courses are conducted through our online learning site. You can access all course materials through our website, and also complete interactive Self Tests to enhance your understanding of ideas or identify potential weak areas in your knowledge. Assignment submission is through the online assignment submission system.

E-Learning

Similar to online courses, except all course materials and interactive Self Tests are mailed to you on a portable storage device (eg. USB stick) instead of accessed via the internet. Assignment submission is through the online assignment submission system.

Note: not all courses are currently available in online and e-learning forms.

 

Study options:

Correspondence Course

Online

E-Learning (eg. on USB)

Fee details

Full course fee applies

Fee is discounted 5%

Full course fee applies

How do I receive course materials?

Supplied as printed materials

Materials printed and sent by air mail or courier (can take weeks to arrive)

Supplied as material accessed over the internet (You can download and save or print notes if you wish)

Access to materials is fast. A return email is sent with details within 1 working day

Supplied as material accessed from a USB. You don't need to be on the net to access materials

A USB is created and sent (faster than correspondence course, not as fast as online).

How are assignments submitted?

Assignments can be submitted any way you wish (posted hard copy, faxed or emailed)

Assignments are submitted by email

Assignments are submitted by email

What do the course materials include?

Course materials sometimes include things not included in online or elearning courses (eg. text book)

Interactive Self Assessment Tests always included.

Extra colour photos and illustrations often included

Interactive Self Assessment Tests always included

Extra colour photos and illustrations often included

What support do I receive?

Full Support services provided –access to Academic Officers, video library, online library, student room etc.

Full Support services provided –access to Academic Officers, video library, online library, student room etc.

Full Support services provided –access to Academic Officers, video library, online library, student room etc.

What will I receive upon completion of my course?

Statement of attainment or qualification awarded on successful completion

Statement of attainment or qualification awarded on successful completion

Statement of attainment or qualification awarded on successful completion

  • 5% discount applies to ACS Distance Education Students enrolling in further courses.
  • 5% discount applies if two or more people enrol.
  • Discounts for large groups are available. Price on application.
  • Only one (1) discount per person per enrolment can be claimed at any one time.

 

 
 
Different People Learn in Different Ways
Renowned expert Bernice McCarthy determined four types of learners as follows:
  • Those who ask Why –These people want reasons, they represent around 35% of the population, and will learn best through discussion.
  • Those who ask What –These people just want factual information, and may expect to be “spoon fed”. They account for around 22% of people. The value of their learning experience may be limited by their over emphasis on the facts. Traditional teaching works better here than with the other three types.
  • Those who ask How –Representing around 18% of people, these learners are pragmatic and  want to know how things work, then do things with what they learn.
  • Those who ask What If –These people want to explore all the consequences and possibilities. They learn through self discovery. They represent around 25%
You can see from this that some people will be more focused on gathering and remembering factual information, while others are more focused on processing that information in some way. Similarly some courses have a stronger emphasis upon imparting facts, while other schools are more concerned about developing a student's capacity to process those facts.
 
ACS is different to other schools in many respects, but not the least in that we are more interested in developing your capacity to process and use information. We understand that in today's world; it is relatively easy (with the internet), to find factual information about anything, anywhere, and anytime. The thing that is difficult, is to determine what you need to seek, evaluate what you find, and then apply it.