We embraced and experimented with online education in the early 1990's, long before many mainstream colleges started offering online training. Having a head start with this form of education has given us more years of experience in providing a service that works.
Online learning is different. The internet offers possibilities for learning that has both advantages and disadvantages when compared with face to face or classroom based learning.
We have refined our approach and created a unique way of facilitating education online. We are not the same as others, but our graduates do learn, with strong support from real tutors providing one on one communication as needed -every student being treated as a unique individual. Some colleges spend your fees more on marketing; but we use your course fees more for providing you a better service -that is just one point of difference when you deal with ACS.
Here are some of the ways you may use the internet to aid (and perhaps speed) your studies:
- Contacting Tutors
- We have tutors on duty five days a week at our UK and Australian Offices. In Australia, horticultural tutors are working every day in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
- Email or phone us any questions regarding your studies, and we will respond fast (often immediately; rarely more than a day later -depending on complexity of the matter).
- Sending Assignments
- Any typed or written assignments can be sent to us by email.
This saves the cost of postage, can be faster, and is perhaps more reliable than the postal system sometimes is. Our management system tracks your assignments, so we know where they are at all times.
- Photos or drawn illustrations may be sent over the internet if you have access to a scanner.
- Some assignment work (e.g. samples of things you made) may still need to be sent via the post (or a courier).
- Communicating with Other Students
- Find other students living in your locality, or studying similar courses.
- Liaise with them, share information, discuss your projects and assignments over the net.
- Research for Assignments
- Search information for any research work via the internet.
- Email the school for suggestions about where and how to search for specific information and contacts over the net.
- Use an internet search engine to find addresses and phone numbers of contacts you can visit to undertake practical or research tasks in your studies.
- Our own publishing house has produced a library of unique ebooks that can be used where needed for additional support of students.
- Accessing the School's Database
- When appropriate, we can download files from our extensive database, and email them to you.
- The school has a database which includes course notes of more than 300 current and discontinued courses, plus more than 40 published books and magazines written by our staff. If a student requests more information on something they are studying, it is very likely that we will be able to quickly email you something from the database.
- Make Valuable Contacts
- Contact people and organisations in your area of study.
- Develop relationships which may be useful in your future work.
- Online Training
- Download course notes, perform self tests and chat with tutors and students. Our online course delivery system is developed and maintained by our in house programmers. It is unique, controlled by us, and that makes us less vulnerable to problems than what we would be if we used off the shelf course delivery software, which most universities and other colleges use.