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Published February 1st 2011

These days, you can do nearly anything on the internet - shop, work, read the paper, watch a movie and even go to school. More and more educational institutions around the national are going online so if you'd like to enrol in an educational course, try these online colleges and organisations.

Open Universities Australia is the official website for all external studies offered by universities around Australia. If you would like to commence or complete your bachelor or post graduate studies online, OUA is the place to find all the relevant information and to enrol. Open Universities offers courses in arts, education, business, health, IT and law. There are also preparatory courses for those new to university study. Students may be eligible to defer payment of their tuition through FEE-HELP.

Nearly all TAFE courses around Australia offer online and correspondance classes. You can gain important skills and qualifications while studying at your own pace, in your own home. TAFE institutions offer certificate and diploma level qualifications in a huge range of different industries. See this website for more information.

Online Courses Australia is a nationally recognised training school that delivers qualifications that are recognised in a large number of industries. They offer a range of introductory short courses and business courses at certificate and diploma level. You can study for professional advancement with more than a dozen categories spanning aviation, business, finances, creative courses, journalism, hospitality and education. Courses must be paid for in advance and prices start at $149.

Alternately, if you do not require a job related qualification and would like to undertake a course for your own enjoyment, you can try one of these institutes.

Cengage Education has a short course series that offers hobby courses online; flora design, sewing, gardening and basic car repair are some of the most popular. Students have up to six months to complete the course.

Lifestyle Learning Direct provides skills related and self improvment courses. The faculties and range of courses is diverse - from the creative arts to horticulture to memory and motivation improvement. Develop your talent or try a whole new hobby.

If you require little supervision or instruction, the inexpensive alternative to enrolling in a school is to check out online resources. Websites like and offer informative articles (often with photographs) on nearly any topic you can imagine. Pig butchering, anyone?

The days of attending classes are long gone. These days, all you need to take an educational course is a computer and some spare time.
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Thanks, I have done part of a cengage course. I really enjoyed the work and the way the course was formatted. They are good for correspondence or distance learning.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
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