Studying at an ODL university
Learning @ WOU
To begin, let us watch a video of life at WOU according to one of our graduate students, Ms. Su Woon Chui.
While learning at WOU, you will be supported by comprehensive self-instructional materials that are well-designed and expertly written, an effective Learning Management System (LMS) and a sound tutorial system. WawasanLearn is a software application that uses computer programs to organise your coursework and to also monitor your records and progress. WawasanLearn will guide you through all the stages of your learning life cycle (e.g., assess, learn, reinforce, support and validate) to create the most effective learning experience for you.
Tutorials are usually held on weekends at either the WOU campus or at strategically located and well-equipped Regional Centres. You can attend your tutorials at the Learning Centre closest to your residence. A schedule of tutorials will be sent to you at the beginning of each semester. These sessions provide a platform for you to clarify any queries regarding your courses with your tutor and for you to exchange ideas with your course mates. This would certainly boost your study skills and self-confidence.
Your achievement in our courses will depend on your performance in both the continuous assessments and the final examination. Studying in an open distance learning environment for an award or qualification demands great commitment from you. Although WOU provides you with a flexible way of learning, you are required to complete assignments and sit for examinations according to the schedule that has been specified. In general, besides attending face-to-face tutorials, you should be able to allocate at least 6 hours weekly to study a course.
A typical course is made up of five units. At the core of each unit is related content and a series of learning activities. Your learning will be guided by working through these learning activities and self-tests. Supporting materials can take a range of formats including text, podcasts, and quizzes designed to support your learning process. All the information you require will be contained in the course materials but you will need to refer to additional materials and resources to complete your assignments and additional notes. This will include the university digital library, the Internet, your study group mates and, where relevant, work colleagues.