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frequently asked questions 

Can I do these courses from Overseas? 

Yes. All courses listed herein, whether from The International Career Institute or Central Queensland University are done via Distance Learning so they can be completed from anywhere in the world.

Are the University awards recognized overseas? 

Yes Australia, the United States, United Kingdom & European Community each have a different system to assure the quality of the numerous award-granting institutions.

In 1995, the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) was established, by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) to provide for the national articulation of awards offered in Australian vocational education and training, and higher education sectors. The AQF maintains a public register of endorsed post-compulsory education providers and accreditation authorities. The higher education institutions and accreditation authorities on the AQF registers have the endorsement of Australian Education Ministers represented in MCEETYA and as such, the list protects the integrity of Australian higher education.

The DETC Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognised accrediting agency and is a recognised member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For more information about the DETC, please visit: www.detc.org

In addition, Universities the world over will accept legitimate University credits from other institutions. In the USA, the system is called ACE, in the UK it's CATS, etc. Individual Universities DO NOT publicise specific Universities whose credits they recognise. The universities will look at the syllabus for the subjects completed. They will look for similar structure/assessment/etc in making a comparison and thereafter credit assessment.

Do you offer degrees? 

The International Career Institute do not offer degrees but our other partners, namely; Central Queensland University and the distanceXchange do offer accredited degree programs.

Can studying be a simple a 1,2,3? 

Rule No. 1: Find a regular place to study
The best place to study is at a desk or table with a comfortable chair. Find a place where you can leave your materials set up and not be disturbed. We recommend a desk as the best place to study because there are important ergonomic factors that you need to consider when studying. Ergonomics is the study of how surrounding physical environments impact on humans.

For example, repetitive and prolonged use of a computer, keyboard and mouse, or reading and writing can lead to muscle aches and discomfort. Posture and the position of the components in a workstation with respect to the placement of your body can help create an environment that is ergonomically beneficial and highly productive. If you follow these tips you could avoid eye, neck and back-related muscle stress and strain.

Rule No. 2: Follow an effective study plan
Before you start studying, establish a daily or weekly schedule that you know you will be able to follow. You may not be able to study each day of the week, but try to find some time for studying at least two or three times a week. A good way to organise your study time is to firstly create a list of all your daily activities. Next, organise these daily activities into a weekly plan, allocating time for each specific task. Always be realistic with your time so that you do stick to your study plan. Here is an example of how to set out a colourful weekly planner.

Rule No. 3: Have a specified purpose
Once you have established a weekly schedule, set up a timetable for the whole course. According to your Order of Studies and the number of modules in your course, determine how many lessons you want to finish in a period of time, say a month. Once you begin, you may find the goals you have set yourself are unrealistic. If so, review your timetable and reschedule to a more achievable timeframe. Having a realistic study plan will help you to organise your time and achieve your goals. You will feel less stressed about your studies and this will make the time you spend enjoying yourself guilt-free. Remember; it is just as important to your studies for you to have time to relax. Keep your completed assignments all together and make a list of the completed modules as you go. Pin this up next to your timetable to keep you motivated and focused on your achievements!

Do I need to attend exams? 

Most courses do not require you to attend an exam. If you are required to attend an exam, this information is contained in the information specific to your course.

What if I need help with my course? 

Your highly qualified tutor is able to guide you through the exercises and answer your questions, so even though you are at home, you are never alone. Your assignments will be marked by your tutor, who will give you feedback on all written assignments, ensuring you are on the right track and motivated to achieve your goals.

Do you have any tips for online study success? 

Yes. These tips are reprinted with courtesy of the University of Illinois

Take full advantage of online conferencing. Whatever you can do to avoid feeling isolated is extremely important, and participating in online conferences will give you access to other students who are taking the same course as you at the same time.

Participate! Whether you are working alone, or in a group, contribute your ideas, perspective and comments on the subject you are studying, and read about those of your classmates. Your instructor is not the only source of information in your course, you can gain great insight from your peers and they can learn from you as well.

Take the program and yourself seriously. Elicit the support of your colleagues, family and friends before you start out on your online adventure. This built-in support system will help you tremendously since there will be times when you will have to sit at your computer for hours at a stretch in the evenings and on weekends. When most people are through with work and want to relax is most likely when you will be bearing down on your course work. It helps to surround yourself with people who understand and respect what you are trying to do.

Make sure you have a private space where you can study. This will help lend importance to what you are doing as well. Your own space where you can shut the door, leave papers everywhere, and work in peace is necessary. If you try to share study space with the dining room or bedroom, food or sleep will take priority over studying.

Become a true advocate of distance learning. Discuss the merits of the process with whoever will listen. In order to be successful in this new educational environment, you must truly believe in its potential to provide quality education which is equal to, if not better than the traditional face-to-face environment. In discussing the value of online learning, you will reinforce its merits for yourself.

Log on to your course every single day or a minimum of 5-6 days a week. Once you get into the online conferencing system, you will be eager to see who has commented on your postings and read the feedback of your instructor and peers. You will also be curious to see who has posted something new that you can comment on. If you let too many days go by without logging on to your course discussion group, you will get behind and find it very difficult to catch up.

Take advantage of your anonymity. One of the biggest advantages of the online format is that you can pursue your studies without the judgments typical in a traditional classroom. Unless you are using video conferencing, no one can see you, there are no stereotypes, and you dont have to be affected by raised eyebrows, rolled eyeballs, other students stealing your thunder, or people making other non verbal reactions to your contributions. You dont have to feel intimidated or upstaged by students who can speak faster than you because you can take all of the time you need to think your ideas through and compose a response before posting your comments to your class.

Be polite and respectful. Just because you are anonymous, doesn't mean you should let yourself go. Remember, you are dealing with real people on the other end of your modem. Being polite and respectful is not only common sense, it is absolutely obligatory for a productive and supportive online environment. In a positive online environment, you will feel valued by your instructor, valued by your classmates and your own work will have greater value as well.

Speak up if you are having problems. Remember that your professor cannot see you, so you must be absolutely explicit with your comments and requests. If you are having technical difficulties, or problems understanding something about the course, you MUST speak up otherwise there is no way that anyone will know that something is wrong. Also, if you dont understand something, chances are several people have the same question. If another student is able to help you, he/she probably will, and if you are able to explain something to your classmates in need, you will not only help them out, you will reinforce your own knowledge about the subject.

Apply what you learn. Apply everything you learn as you learn it and you will remember it more readily. If it is possible, take the things you learn in your online course today and use them in your workplace tomorrow. Also, try to make connections between what you are learning and what you do or will do in your job. Contributing advice or ideas about the real-world as it applies to the subject matter you are studying helps you to internalize what you are learning, and gives valuable insight to your classmates who will benefit from your experience.

What is the relationship between JournalismClasses.com and distanceX.com? 

JournalismClasses.com is a wholly owned internet property of the distanceXchange group.

How does JournalismClasses.com work with its partners? 

JournalismClasses.com is an Official Representative for each of our Institutional partners. In short, we offer initial academic counselling to prospective students as well as assisting you with course application and successful enrollment. By focusing on our core skills in customer service, we are able to provide you with an exemplary level of personal attention, advice and assistance. This is critical during the enrollment period, before you get settled into your studies. Our service is FREE - our fees are paid by our partners.

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