New study grants available to help regional online students

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UniSA is offering up to $500,000 in study grants to students from regional and remote communities, as part of the launch of 11 new 100 per cent online degrees.

UniSA Online is a suite of 11 new career-focused degrees – in business, health, construction, information technology, psychology and sociology and communications and media – which have all been designed specifically for the online environment.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says one of the distinct advantages of online study has always been that it is flexible and accessible, even to those isolated by distance or economic disadvantage.

“However, for some people, affording the extra technology or other equipment or Internet access that they might need to get their study underway, is not always possible,” Prof Lloyd says.

“With that in mind, we are making $1000 study grants available to rural and remote students and those with economic barriers to education who enrol in one of our online programs.”

Commencing in 2018, up to 500 UniSA Online Study Grants will be available to students across Australia who live in rural or remote areas or are financially disadvantaged. To be eligible for the grants students must be enrolled with UniSA Online and studying at least two subjects of a bachelor’s degree in their first study period.

Each of UniSA Online’s new bachelor degree programs is designed specifically for online education accompanied by unrivalled dedicated student support. Tutors and student advisors will be available seven days a week for extended hours, plus a 24/7 IT support service.

Director of UniSA’s Teaching Innovation Unit and founding executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research, Professor Shane Dawson, says personalisation in online learning has come of age.

“There are a number of new tools that are improving the online learning experience,” Prof Dawson says.

“At the heart of our innovation are technologies that allow us to give students personalised support to be successful.

“These are the kinds of innovations that we are adapting for UniSA Online, along with technologies that allow students to interact with video presentations, discuss learning and ideas with fellow students all around Australia, as well as accessing online tutors and student advisers all in real time across any device.

“Most importantly, we have developed each and every one of these degrees specifically for online learning – at every point, considering how we can teach the subject to the highest standards in that environment, while maintaining a focus on developing the skills employers are looking for today.”

For more information visit the UniSA Online website or the study grants page.