Interactive learning and social networking tools a win for Griffith Online
While a sense of isolation can be fear for students considering online study, Griffith University is entering a new era where online studies don’t have to be synonymous with solitude.
Despite the lack of traditional social hubs such as the lecture theatres, library corners and pubs of on-campus life, Griffith’s online campus offers many digital facilities and technological services designed to keep our online students connected.
Griffith’s digital learning environment provides students with useful and interactive social networking tools that address the sense of isolation associated with online study.
“There is a myth, I don’t know how true it is, that people can feel alone when they are studying online,” Professor Nick Barter, Academic Director (Online), said.
“Griffith students are telling us that they really do feel connected because of the tools and technologies we are using.”
The use of the enterprise social networking tool, Yammer, has been resoundingly positive with students enrolled in Griffith’s accelerated online courses.
“Through a product like Yammer, it is easy for students to talk to each other and feel engaged. A good learning experience always means being engaged, whether it is with your student cohort, with your program convenor or the university in a broader sense.
“When you study online, you should not feel alone.” Professor Barter said.
Another popular tool provided to online students is the useful web-based meeting service, WebEx, which adds another form of online communication that students have at their disposal.
For some, online study is an attractive option which allows them to balance their learning with full time jobs and extra-curricular activities. For Sarah Stoddart this was the case. Working full time since finishing high school, she is now enrolled in the accelerated online MBA at Griffith Business School.
“I spend a lot of time on the road with my work, so my study has to fit around that and sport which takes up a further 10 to 15 hours a week of my time,” she said.
A busy business development associate with Colonial First State, Sarah is a budding triathlete in her spare time, but also manages to maintain a connection with her online student buddies at Griffith.
“I have a group of fellow students I keep in touch with. I can always come back to discussions and conversations through Yammer. I find it very useful. I can scroll through and see what other students are saying on a topic.
“I like the fact that I can pick up my studies any time, especially recorded lectures. Going to university at a specified time was not going to work for me. I get up early to study, I work late to study, I squeeze study into little pockets of life.”
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