The online university programme at Woundswasten University in England has been approved for its first semester of classes in 2019.
The university’s programme, which offers courses from four different courses and one elective, was announced in September.
“We have made a number of improvements to the course structure to make it more suitable for students who have a range of experience, and who want to start at an early stage,” said Dr Peter Johnson, president of WoundSWasten.
This means students can start on the same day they enrol, or the day after they complete their courses.
“We also want to make sure that the online courses are suitable for new learners who are not already on a course, for those who have not been able to take up an online course before, and for those with disabilities,” he added.
Dr Johnson said the online course structure was also ideal for students interested in studying for a master’s degree.
“The online courses give students the opportunity to choose the courses they wish to take, and can then apply for a course on their own, or take a course through our online learning portal,” he said.
“These are all things that can only be achieved by a course structure which offers students the ability to make their own decisions, rather than relying on a system where they are given courses and then have to do the work to choose which courses to take.”
Dr Johnson told News24 that there were about 400 students enrolled in the WoundSwasten online course.
“There are about 40 people who are enrolled, and we are looking at about 400 people who want that degree in the near future,” he explained.
“They are looking to do something a little different and they want to study online and go into it on their terms.”
“We are hoping that it will go well for them and we will work with them on it.”
WoundSWosten is the first online university in England to offer a degree, and the first in the world to offer an elective online course, as well as an electives.
“This is a real challenge for anyone to take,” Dr Johnson said.
WoundSwosten’s online programme is available to students from a range that includes international students, students with disabilities, students who are aged under 20, and those who are between 16 and 19.
Woundswosten has also launched a virtual course, and is working with the Department of Education to develop a digital education model.
Dr Johnson noted that the new courses were in line with the requirements for students to be enrolled in a degree.
The online education programme is aimed at students who would like to take a degree in an accredited institution, but do not currently have the means to do so.
“As a result, we believe this will be a significant opportunity for young people to explore the career opportunities available to them, and make a career change,” Dr Wortonson said.