Course Guide

1. Studying at WOU Using the Distance Learning Mode

(Students advancing into the second and subsequent semesters may disregard this section.)

Wawasan Open University (henceforth abbreviated as WOU) welcomes you to be a member of the community of learners. In this section, we will provide a brief account on how learning takes place at WOU and also how you can work and study simultaneously.

WOU has adopted the open distance learning mode as a key element to facilitate the implementation of programmes that will provide you with opportunities for lifelong learning. Our flexible learning programmes will meet the needs of working adults like you who are unable to study on-campus full-time five (5) days a week and yet yearn for an accredited qualification or personal interest enrichment.

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 programmes 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 at the weekends at either the WOU campus or at strategically located and well-equipped Regional Offices. 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.

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 provided to you. Your achievement in the courses will depend on your performance in both the continuous assessments and the final examination.

In general, besides attending face-to-face tutorials, you should be able to allocate at least 6 hours a week to study a course. If you are working, you might have already discussed with your employer and family members about pursuing higher education and their support will greatly enhance your chance of success.

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