If you’ve ever read an OUA webpage, email or brochure you’ll know we don’t mind telling students that “When you study with us, you’re online but never alone.” We say it (and repeat it) because it’s true.
Of course, it’s one thing to say something’s true, and another thing entirely to prove it. So today we want to show exactly how social online learning with OUA can really be.
Here’s our list of (virtual) places where you can get in touch with other people – students, advice-givers and academic experts – even while sitting by yourself in the comfort of your own home:
OUA’s Facebook community now includes nearly 70,000 people and the comment conversations are often fun. We’re always eager (and usually quick) to answer any questions you might have, as well. Twitter and LinkedIn are also excellent social spots to have your voice heard or get insights from the experts.
Discussion groups in My Study Centre
You know of My Study Centre as your admin hub. But did you know it’s also the perfect place to e-mingle with fellow students? You can join or make your own discussion group, set up a support group with other OUA students and generally keep each other motivated. It’s easy to use and available whenever you need it.
Highlight – the OUA student blog
Our brand new blog is aimed entirely at students (and people thinking about studying or who have graduated with a degree through OUA). You’ll find interesting content, and the comment function adds an important social element – you might like to get into a discussion, express your opinion or ask a follow-up question.
Smarthinking online tutoring
If you’re looking for something more practical and more immediate, Smarthinking might fit the bill. It’s an online tutoring service available all day every day that allows you to ask questions about your studies in real time. (Keep in mind that Smarthinking tutors are experts in broad disciplines, but not in specific units offered through OUA.)
Our webinar series offers wonderful academic support, but one of the reasons we’ve chosen this format is so that you can chat with the other attendees in the forums. You can do that using the chat function or even using your voice (if you have a microphone set up).
Our Student Coaches can help you with just about any study-related problem you can think of. No, these aren’t the people to call if you want to shoot the breeze, but if you’re worried about the way you manage your time, your research skills, preparing for an exam or balancing your responsibilities, we can’t recommend them highly enough.
Unit tutors and forums
Log in to your LMS to access forums that are hosted by the university you’re studying with. This is where all the students studying the same class as you come together to talk about things like course content, learning resources and support.
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