VM vs Online Education: The Early Days

This is a sponsored post for Open Training Institute.

IMG_4022Right now, I’ve never been more grateful that the course I signed up for at OTI is a “go at your own pace” model. Let’s just say structured learning while moving interstate with two toddlers and starting a new job is tricky at best! What a time to enroll. While I’ve spent the bulk of that time settling in, changing day cares, stumbling my way around my new surroundings, and throwing myself into getting familiar with the specifics of work, I have really had to get creative with making time to learn.

When I finally did snatch a chance to have a look at my first module (managing budgets and customers, for the curious among you!), I was relieved to see I’d be easing into the info, with some easy-to-read slides and a simple first task. I’m not expecting it to always be this breezy, but at least it’s familiar and doable for now

There’s nothing quite like opening your book to a fresh new page and taking some studious notes, is there?! I have definitely stroked that bright, clean page. Don’t judge me!

I also spent a bit of time sorting out my profile, and answering the initial get-to-know you questions from my trainer. It looks like everyone else in there is just a bit shy. I’m looking forward to getting to know the other people doing the course, and hopefully we can help each other out a bit. I know having people to whom we can be accountable to can be a great motivator.

I’m also looking forward to that real feeling of relief when you’ve handed in that first assessment – and the even bigger relief that you’ve passed! Fingers crossed for that one.  The results tab in my online classroom seems pretty straightforward. No more waiting for your Tuesday 4pm tutorial to get your marks back!

I like that the whole site seems easy to understand, easy to navigate, and isn’t hard on the eyes, seeing as that’s what you’re looking at most of the time. The support tab is a great comfort – knowing that I can ask a question or sort out any issues fairly easily makes it less of a stress.

I can see that I’m going to have to sit down and plot out some serious time in my schedule to work on my courses. Now that we’re getting into the swing of things a bit more in our new city, it should be easier to not only find the time, but to stick to it. I hope!

What about you? What would you study if you could?

  • http://www.shoppegirlsstyling.com/ Vicki | ShoppeGirls Styling

    I ma currently studying online and enjoying it. I am studying to become a Teachers Aide. Yes like you I do need to set time aside to commit more fully so I can aim to be (hopefully) working next year. I am currently waiting for my first assessment result and I am totally scared that i have not passed.

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Oh how exciting! I did that course and absolutely loved it. I did it while I was working and thought it was the best job. I bet you’ve nailed your assessment – you’ll have to let me know how you go!

  • Katie Rainbird

    This makes me wonder how the bloody hell I did it?! Oh that’s right, I was up til 1am most nights. I want to study pastry next. Gotta do that offline though!

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      You would make the BEST pastries!!

  • Tina Lacy

    I completed my post grad certificate in Advanced nursing in 2011 and swore I would never study again! however now considering working towards the diploma…………….

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Haha it gets under your skin, huh! I’m not sure I’ll ever stop.

  • Training Transparency

    I’m excited by the amount of choices especially being an a rural/regional area and not being able to carry out dream studies (my husband is on good money here in a job that is only here and nowhere else in the country and my kids are in school here and we don’t wish to move) Recognised training providers doing online and flexible learning – are becoming a big business and it’s quite competitive. I am disappointed how expensive the Open Institute is with their courses 2 to 3 times more expensive than most others. I’m sure there is a positive about them and their courses but I cannot justify $4000 for a course that I can get for $1400 for the same qualification. Also the government is doing a Cert III guarantee at the moment and a lot of people don’t know if you haven’t already got a Cert III – you can get for about $150 or $200 depending on concession or non concession. ANYONE is eligible if you haven’t already completed a Cert III. (not just centrelink eligibility).

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Pays to shop around, huh?!

  • http://www.eatdrinksoul.com/ Leanne | Eat Drink Soul

    Today I’ve just finished my first on-line lesson! I believed in myself and jumped right into an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine. Loving it!

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      DUDE! I am so proud of you! So glad to hear you’re loving it. Such a good feeling, huh.

  • https://148percent.wordpress.com/ Chelsea Sutherland

    I did my marketing & communications degree by correspondence and am thinking about thinking about doing my masters in graphic design – I say thinking about twice because Uni wasn’t self paced, I did fulltime study load while working full time and OF COURSE assignments and exams clashed with the “omg manic” times at work and I’m still scarred by the experience. But I loved learning, loved how I went into my course wanting to be a web designer and finished wanting to be a writer, loved how much more I took in as a mature student VS last time I tried studying fresh out of high school.

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      I know, i’ve often wondered what sort of student I would have been at uni if I hadn’t quit high school, and had gone straight after. I ended up going at 20, and it was great. Working full time and studying full time is nigh on impossible. I did it for a year, but I was already working in the industry and uni was great at being flexible with my deadlines. I have to say, it’s much easier in this season of my life to do it self-paced. you have to be disciplined, but I’m pretty good with that.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Good on you Stacey if I could study anything it would be nutrition I think! I am also fascinated by anything medical midwifery would be cool too!

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      I’m a science-lover, so I think nutrition would be cool. But I have Katie180 for that! You’re so caring, you’d make a great midwife.

  • http://www.seanasmith.com/ Seana Smith

    I’m doing a Diploma in Design focussing on Photography with Open Colleges. You can take two tears to do it and I get I will! Am loving doing something new and different and really pretty bloody hard c

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Oh Seana, that’s rad! It’s a lovely stretch for the brain, isn’t it. Design would be awesome! So glad to hear you’re enjoying it.

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