Thinking about studying online? Expect the unexpected
What do you think of when you hear the term ‘online learning’? Do you automatically jump to the conclusion that it’s lonely, unsupported and inferior to face-to-face learning? Well, think again.
Developments in technology have made online learning a really viable and satisfying study option for those who need or want something other than face-to-face learning. Maybe you’re too far from your favoured campus. Maybe your family or work responsibilities don’t allow much flexibility for study. Maybe you’re just more comfortable in a digital learning environment. Whatever the reason it’s a valid one. And the great thing is, you can have an online learning experience that is no longer lonely, unsupported or inferior in any way. Let’s see how.
Interactivity… or not
A common concern from people wanting to study online is that they’ll miss out on the interaction of a classroom environment. Online learning at CoEM means that you can be as interactive as you like…or not.
Event Manager Online PLUS has specific intake dates. Starting on the same day as everyone else and progressing through the course with your classmates helps to foster a close knit learning community. Much like a regular classroom, students are encouraged to interact with each other via digital discussions and audio webinars, a great way for students to contribute their newfound knowledge and voice their opinions.
Some students take interaction to the next level but using a ‘study buddy’ system. That’s where a number of students log in at a scheduled time and complete their coursework together, just as they would if they were in a classroom setting. Students are often pleasantly surprised at the level of interactivity they can enjoy in a virtual classroom.
Don’t really care about interactivity with your peers? Our Event Starter course allows students to start any time and progress through the course at their own speed. Of course, a helping hand is there at anytime via a dedicated course coordinator, but the freedom to proceed when and where you like is perfect for those who need a less structured environment for a less demanding course.
IT is your best friend
There’s nothing more frustrating and time consuming than having issues with your IT. With any online course, there will be IT requirements that you will need to adhere to. You won’t need the latest, greatest IT setup but you will have to make sure that your computer and its software is compatible with the systems used by your provider (us). Expect to be given plenty of notice regarding your IT requirements before the course begins so that you’re all set to go when the first course module opens.
All CoEM students complete their course content on Canvas, our easy-to-use online campus. Canvas gives you all course materials at a fingers touch on any device of your choosing. You can listen to lectures via your phone, complete assessments via your desktop or contribute to discussion threads via your tablet, whichever device suits at the time.
Expect to learn and use the most up to date and relevant ‘industry standard’ systems at CoEM as we are regularly updating our systems according to what’s happening in industry.
Lots of people worry how they’re going to fit in all the requirements of their chosen course—volunteering hours, coursework, webinars etc—and still hold down their job. Well, there’s no point sugar coating it. YOU WILL BE VERY BUSY. But you will also find the course enjoyable, stimulating and loads of fun. Remember, you’re studying event management because you want to get OUT of your career and into another one that’s fast paced, exciting and at times full of pressure. The course is hard at times but so is the industry you’re trying to break into so expect your time management skills to be well honed during your time with us.
What about practical stuff?
Just because you’re studying online doesn’t mean that all of your time will be spent on a computer doing coursework. Practical engagement with industry is one of the most important aspects of our curriculum so expect to get plenty of it. Getting out there and working on real events via our Industry Engagement Program (IEP) and via the weekend study blocks will give you practical and meaningful event experiences to stimulate your interest in events and enhance the course content in a practical way. Expect to get your hands dirty and your passion heightened.
“If it wasn’t for the IEP program I wouldn’t have this amazing job, so it was extremely valuable! It allows you to experience the industry first hand, enabling you to network and create those contacts before you even finish the course.” Lauren, Diploma Graduate
“It [IEP] was VERY useful! It gives you hands on experience in all aspects of the events industry and really gives you a sense of what area you want to pursue as a career. The more hours the better – and it’s so much fun!” Ella, Certificate III Graduate
The onus is on you!
As with any learning, whether it’s online or face to face, it’s up to you as to how much you make of your course so without being too hard on yourself, have an expectation that you’re going to do the best you can. While studying any of our event courses, you will be exposed to a multitude of event opportunities; volunteering, internships, networking, knowledgeable lecturers, industry connections and fantastic paid roles. Use those opportunities to your benefit to get the most out of your course and to feel confident to find the event management role of your dreams!