(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. Advancing your education is one of the most important investments that you can undertake. Hence, it is crucial that you choose the right university to suit your needs. WOU wishes to assist you in your decision making. 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 who are unable to study on-campus full-time five days a week for four to five years and yet yearn for an accredited qualification or personal interest enrichment without leaving their homes and jobs.
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 programs 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 nights or weekends at either the WOU campus or at strategically located and well-equipped Regional Offices. You can attend your tutorials at the Learning Centre closest to your residence. 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 coursemates. This would certainly boost your study skills and self-confidence.
Your achievement in our courses will depend on your performance in both the continuous assessments and the final examination. In some cases, your attendance at the compulsory day schools or laboratory sessions may also be considered.
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 that has been specified.
In general, besides attending face-to-face tutorials, you should be able to allocate at least 6 hours weekly to study a course. If you are a working adult, it is advisable to discuss your intention to further your studies with your employer as well as with your family members as their feedback can assist you in your decision. Their support will greatly enhance your chance of success.