Issue 8 - 3 September 2012 enews home

Fees deliver resources and services for online students

By Louise Errington

CDU's external students who access their studies online will benefit from the direction of Student Services and Amenities Fees towards resources and services that will enhance their learning experience

Free postage when returning library books and the appointment of an Advocacy Officer to assist students are among new benefits Charles Darwin University is delivering to its students.

With more than half its higher education students accessing their studies online, CDU has honoured its commitment to ensure the expenditure of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fees is directed towards enhancing the learning experiences of external students.

Vice-President of CDU’s Student Association Cathy Jones said she was pleased that a real focus has been placed on improving web-based learning delivery and student support services.

“It’s fantastic that CDU is spending this money on things that will really benefit its external students,” Ms Jones said.

Initiatives that have already been rolled out include extended hours for counselling services, which are accessible after hours by phone.

The university has also employed two library-based Academic Skills Support Officers, who are available for after-hours phone-based assistance six days a week.

Other initiatives planned for release throughout the remainder of 2012 include a suite of online services such as web-based study skills workshops, a dedicated Orientation microsite and the expansion of the current Student Administration and Equity Services website to include interstate accommodation and careers listings.

The appointment of a full-time mental health nurse will also form part of the plan to use the Student Services and Amenities Fees to provide more benefits to students.