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At ECU we understand that everyone is different.

Different work arrangements, different family responsibilities, different locations or different learning styles.

It's why we offer you the flexibility to study online for many of our courses.

This includes online degrees in areas like nursing, psychology, law, nutrition and masters courses.

Balance your study with family and work commitments. Or advance your career without leaving the workplace.

And just because you're not on campus doesn’t mean we'll forget you.

Over 5,000 of our students are studying online courses, and they're well supported too.

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How It Works

How It Works

Online study is delivered via our virtual learning environment called 'Blackboard'.

We may also post some material to you – including printed information and CD ROMs.

Your student email account is used for most correspondence, e.g. exam information or unit updates from course coordinators and tutors.

If you're not too far from an ECU campus, you can also access campus facilities and learning support services.

If not, some support services can still be accessed online.

Hitting the books

You can purchase textbooks from a Co-Op Shop on one of our campuses, or better still, order them from their online shop .

Resources are also available to online students via the ECU Library .

Our library databases and online catalogue enable you to conduct research online.

And if you live more than 50km from an ECU campus, Library staff can provide you with copies of journal articles and books, including posting publications to your home address.

Hitting the books

Doing exams

Doing exams

Most of your online study units will require you to attend a final examination.

You can register your attendance at one of our examination centre locations using 'SIMO', our Student Information Management Online system.

If you live further then 80km from an examination centre, you simply need to nominate someone to supervise your exams and you can do them at home.

SIMO is also your 'go to' place for enrolling in units, checking unit results and looking up exam timetables.

Online Courses

Online Degrees

At ECU you can study online degrees, diplomas and even some doctorates.

Some of our courses are ideal for distance study as they're completely online.

Others, like Engineering or Paramedicine for example, have practical, hands-on units that require you to spend some time on-campus and/or on an industry-specific placement.

Theory-based units can be completed online to complement the ones you have to complete on-campus.

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Your lecturers will use our 'Blackboard' system to teach your online units.

All units have a site on Blackboard where you can access unit plans and materials, as well as your lecturer's contact details.

Here, you can submit assignments and view your marks for completed ones.

For an increasing number of units, you can also listen to recordings of the lectures – it's just like being there.

Blackboard also features a discussion board, wiki, blogs, journals and ePortfolios.

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Our students

Our students

A growing number of our students are choosing to study online to help them balance work and/or family commitments.

And we receive a lot of enquiries about studying online degrees.

The most popular include a Teaching degree online, along with degrees in Psychology, Counselling, Health Science, Nursing & Midwifery and Commerce.

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Anhnie Nguyen, Master of Clinical Nursing student, loves how she can study online after a busy day at work.

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Belinda Owen, Master of Occupational Health & Safety student, talks about the flexibility offered by online study.

What our online students say

Here's what our students have said about online study challenges and how we've helped to overcome these.

"My biggest challenge studying online is not meeting other students in the unit. ECU has overcome this by providing online discussion boards and, if students live closer to campus, the opportunity to meet at social gatherings."


Psychology, Criminology & Justice student

"It really helps to attend the online tutorials presented by the lecturers and to find an online 'partner' that you can support and can support you throughout the duration of a unit or even your entire degree. Also establish relationships and 'discussions' with the lecturers and other students in your cohort by using the blackboard facilities."


Law student

"The biggest challenge is ensuring you have a stable internet connection, particularly for the online tutorials. The other thing is have a study network, even if it involves email, Skype or other means to remain in touch with other students. The tutors at ECU have actively encouraged this."


Law student

"The best part about studying online is that you can listen to recordings of lectures, including what other people have said! It's like you're in the lecture without being in it."


MBA student

"Studying online has really helped me work towards my dream of a job in the sciences. It has meant that I can work full time and continue to progress in my degree at a reasonable pace. The support for the online units is fantastic and I couldn't recommend it enough."


Biological Sciences student

"Studying online allows me to fit study around my life, rather than my life around study. I can study whenever and wherever I like with the same content and support that those studying on campus receive."


Arts Honours student

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