Getting on the front foot

FAMILY AFFAIR: Embrace online school tutoring while you embark on an intense, eight-week course which may set you on a new career path.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Embrace online school tutoring while you embark on an intense, eight-week course which may set you on a new career path.

WHILE schools across the country remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are choosing to keep their children at home to help try "flatten the curve" of new cases.

Schools in Italy, Japan and some parts of China have already closed, with parents there opting for online school tutoring.

This is a relatively new phenomenon in Australia but allows children to attend classes online, receive teacher support and register with the curriculum.

There are a number of online education resources for students, and all states provide distance education for children who may be geographically isolated from a school.

Now is the perfect time to join your child and study online.

From intense, eight-week courses to postgraduate certificates, online courses offered by tertiary institutions are being embraced by a growing number of workers.

The University of New England was a pioneer in distance education and has enrolled 6000 online students.

Charles Sturt University has 22,000 students enrolled, studying in the comfort of their living rooms anything from a master of social work to a graduate certificate of sustainable agriculture.

TAFE is also jumping on board with many of its courses being taught online.

These include a diploma in business administration, certificate III in early childhood education and a diploma of human resources management.

"The benefit is, you can still work during the day, but brush up on a new career path at night," mother-of-two Lisa Newell, of Queenscliff, NSW, said.

She studied aged care services online and switched careers from being a paralegal secretary to working with older, housebound people.

"I'm really happy in my new job and I can recommend online courses to anyone seeking a career change, or even career advancement," Lisa said.

Before studying online, it's worth investing in latest software and ergonomic furniture.

Reliable internet access and the right software, such as Adobe Reader, anti-virus software and instant messengers, is essential for online study, be it for children or adults.

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