Our dependence on brick and mortar teaching is in flux. The rampage of Covid-19 has challenged tuition systems across the world and accelerated the global growth of online learning. As we zoom towards virtual education platforms it’s safe to say online courses are here to stay!
Ambushed by the coronavirus chaos, many academic institutions have been forced to shift to an online mode of teaching almost overnight. Unfortunately this mad scramble for technological solutions has been pockmarked by inefficiency and inexperience. Fortunately, SACAP is well ahead of the curve.
You see SACAP already has a well-established Online Campus. And not only does it offer a range of accredited courses, its dedicated online educators are well versed in digital learning because they’ve been doing it for years.
Deon Barnard, 48, is a communications specialist, motivational speaker, change manager and professional trainer. He’s had first-hand experience of SACAP’s online efficiency because he’s midway through his Bachelor of Applied Social Science (BAppSocSci), which he’s pursuing through the Online Campus. We asked him to give us the lowdown on his experience so far.
Deon dons many hats. His diverse interests range from wargaming, fantasy, philosophy and food to theatre, music, camping and quiz nights. He also has a penchant for psychology: “I’ve always been deeply interested in personality and why people do what they do,” he says. “So much of what I’m learning now I have already read about or engaged with during my career. I wish someone had told me about psychology as a vocation when I was at school!”
Deon decided to study psychology online through SACAP because of his incredibly busy work and home life – he and his wife have five kids between them. “When I discovered SACAP would allow me to study completely online I immediately jumped at the chance,” he explains. “My week days are so intense and full, I needed a course I could do on weekends – online was the only way I could make this happen.”
SACAP’s unique approach to psychology also motivated Deon’s decision to enrol for the Bachelor of Applied Social Science. “I was excited about the ‘applied’ aspect of the degree because I’ve spent my life making highly academic concepts practical for people,” he says.
Benefits to bank with online learning
The online learning environment is bittersweet, admits Deon. “I’m highly extroverted and would love to be part of a face-to-face environment,” he says. “I have, however, been surprised by how much fun the online participation is and I find the questions and weekly work interesting and rewarding.”
In Deon’s view, studying psychology online has many benefits. “I think there’s a ‘new normal’ for all of us now and it makes sense to commute less and engage more online,” he says. “It allows for more focussed study and fewer hygiene-factor distractions like travel expenses or noisy classes.”
“Everything we do online is always available,” adds Deon. “Conversations are saveable. Notes and chats easily organised. Everything is in one place – accessible, sendable, and referenceable. It’s a world I love to operate in.”
Another course highlight for Deon has been the content. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the actual reading materials and have purchased all the textbooks as hardcopies even though they are available digitally,” he says.
Going for goals
For Deon the opportunity to study online has been a richly rewarding experience, he says. “I think online learning is interactive and a fantastic way to engage with both the topic and the other students.”
Would he recommend studying psychology online through SACAP? “Absolutely!” Deon exclaims. “Firstly because of the accessibility and user-friendly online mechanics, and secondly I think the curriculum is world class, culturally sensitive and intellectually stimulating.”
Deon’s enthusiasm for life is palpable. “As a kid I tried every sport and activity, and I saw my future the same way,” he says. “I wanted to be a president, a motivational speaker, a scientist, a minister an actor, a singer… And as it turns out I’ve done most of that!”
Happily when he completes his Bachelor of Applied Social Science and goes on to qualify, Deon will be a step closer to achieving his ultimate goal: “I hope to have a private practice doing something like person-centred therapy during the day while running a pub with good food, great entertainment and lots of love at night,” he says.
SACAP’s Online Campus is helping Deon harness his own unique skill set so that he can nurture his passions and fulfil his dreams. What are you doing to reach your future goals?
Online learning is changing the face of education
While the global pandemic may have turned the world upside down it’s reassuring to know that you don’t have to put your career plans on hold. In these incredibly uncertain times studying psychology online is a useful and efficient means of accomplishing your dreams.
Beyond the flexibility of being able to study anywhere at anytime, SACAP’s Online Campus offers a tried and tested virtual learning experience that combines the benefits of a real-world campus with the convenience of remote accessibility.
Do you have a real passion for people but are unsure about the outlook of traditional face-to-face education? SACAP’s online psychology courses are renowned for their cutting-edge content, systematised structure and stellar support. SACAP’s next Online Campus intake is in September, SACAP’s Term 3, and course registrations are open now.