Online study has come a very long way in terms of access and ease of use. The technology we now have at our finger tips is making life and learning a lot more interesting and time efficient than it has ever been before…
If online learning is new to you, you haven’t studied for a while or if the thought of studying online is just stressful, we’ve put together some of our favourite tips to help with your online study success!
We’ve also included some info on what to expect from Fitness Institute’s online courses and links to where you can find additional study support if needed…
Let’s get your Learning Journey Started!
Everyone has their own ways of learning that suit them best. Some like reading or listening and others prefer writing or doing. More often than not a combination of these methods work best!
Regardless of your learning style, the tools you’ll have access to in online courses are specifically designed to assist. There’s learner guides to read, instructions to follow, videos to watch, narrated presentations to listen to, the web to explore and practical tasks to do.
Our Top Ten recommendations to getting started are online learning are:
- Watch all of the orientation presentations
- Familiarise yourself with all online resources before starting assessments
- Read all assessment instructions and make notes of what is required
- Schedule time to watch all online presentations
- Prepare a Training plan (tips are available here: https://www.wikihow.com/Develop-a-Training-Plan)
- Create a Study plan (tips are available here: https://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Study-Schedule)
- Organise what you need for practical assessments early i.e. equipment and people
- Start working through general knowledge tasks to develop your understanding of the subject
- When knowledge tasks are completed or when you’re confident, start the fun, practical tasks
- Ask for help by contacting student support or reach out to your network and online student community
What skills are needed to learn online?
The aim of vocational training (which is the kind of training Fitness Institute offers) is to prepare learners with practical experience and job specific, industry knowledge.
In essence, to be job-ready and well prepared for a career in sport, fitness and recreation!
Throughout Fitness Institute’s courses, students use and develop what are called “foundation skills” which are essential to complete work, education or community-based activities.
These skills include language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) as well as employability skills needed to adapt and thrive in work, education and community contexts.
LLN skills include the ability to interpret research material, prepare written reports, design and deliver a wide range of fitness services as well as using computer programs and applications.
Each course has a required level of LLN and Fitness Institute can offer ways to help work out if additional learning, assistance and support will be required.
More information on foundation skills and language learning and numeracy requirements in the workplace can be obtained from the Government Skills Australia website HERE.
Helpful learning tools we’ve found are also available here:
Fitness Institute also offer a VIP support program and more information can be obtained HERE.
What Technology will help?
There’s lots of really great programs available and some of the ones we use and encourage everybody to get to know are GMAIL and Google Docs as these are a great combo to get yourself organised as is Dropbox.
One of the best things about these programs is that you can get started and use versions of these for free!
Have fun exploring!