The OUN Student Council was formed in November 2006 and is made up of a Chair and Directors whose main purpose is to focus on the distance learning needs of both Masters and Doctoral students within the program.

    The Student Council provides a valuable role in creating a sense of cohesion, co-operation and community to enrich the learning experience of all OUN distance-learning students. Membership to the OUN Student Council is automatically open to all distance-learning students registered with OUN.
    •    Many distance-education students are older, have jobs, and families. They must coordinate the different areas of their lives which influence each other – their families, jobs, spare time, and studies.
    •    Distant students have a variety of reasons for taking courses. Some students are interested in obtaining a degree to qualify for a better job. Many take courses to broaden their education and are not really interested in completing a degree.
    •    In distance education, the learner is usually isolated. The motivational factors arising from the contact or competition with other students is absent. The student also lacks the immediate support of a teacher who is present and able to motivate and, if necessary, give attention to actual needs and difficulties that crop up during study.
    •    In distance education settings, technology is typically the conduit through which information and communication flow. Until the teacher and students become comfortable with the technical delivery system, communication will be inhibited.

    BENEFITS
    The Student Council provides several benefits as follows:

    Guidance
    Guidance to new students entering OUN, providing them with an enhanced sense of orientation and organizational structure.

    Point of reference
    A point of reference for individual students who wish to put forward ideas, suggestions or concerns.

    Understanding
    Mutual understanding and support to overcome potential challenges resulting from the complexity that distance learning brings to students in the learning process.

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