Some of the most popular software courses in Australia are also the most expensive, according to a study.
Key points:”We found that students from disadvantaged backgrounds spend an average of $18,000 on software courses”The average Australian student spends $18k on software training courses”This means there is a huge opportunity for Australian students to benefit from software courses.”
“We also found that the average Australian has spent $1.4 million in software training, or about one-third of their income”This has the potential to make a big difference to the success of Australian students in future careers.
“Key pointsKey pointsSoftware courses can cost as much as $18KMore than a third of Australian undergraduates say they would prefer to be enrolled in a different type of courseSource ABC News | GraphicBy a large margin, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds are spending an average $18.5k on courses, compared with $18 for students from advantaged backgrounds.
This translates into an extra $9,400 for a student from a disadvantaged background, according the study, by University of Sydney academics John Langton and Scott Wills.
The study, titled “The Costs of Software Education,” has been released on the eve of the Australian Software Education Awards.
It looked at courses in universities and community colleges across the country, as well as online courses, software-based training and software-specific courses.
It found that enrolment in software courses accounted for $18 billion a year, or 28 per cent of the total.”
This is an extraordinary achievement for Australia, and is something that will be of great interest to students, their parents and the broader community,” the report’s authors said.”
Software education provides students with the tools to learn and innovate, and it is a critical part of the future workforce.
“The report found that most courses were taught online, and more than half were delivered via an app.”
There are some exciting opportunities for students to learn in the cloud, but the majority of courses are taught in a traditional way,” the authors said in a statement.”
These include online lectures, course-based videos and the use of technology-driven learning to deliver the course content in the form of interactive, interactive exercises.
“But, the report found, students were struggling to access the content they needed.”
Students are faced with the difficult choice between accessing the course material online or using an app, but we believe that it is more important to offer an experience that is more interactive and relevant to the needs of the students and community,” they said.
The researchers said the vast majority of students had already invested significant time in their courses, but that they did not have the time to complete the required online or online-only course work.”
In the past, there has been a reluctance to invest in these skills, or even to consider the option of taking the courses in the first place,” the study said.’
Unfair’ and ‘discriminatory’The report also found the “unfair” nature of the cost of software courses was clear.”
A student who does not have access to the courses that they would like to attend has an unfair advantage, and the lack of choice in terms of whether to go online is a form of discrimination,” the researchers said.
More than half of students surveyed said they would rather take an online course, rather than attending a traditional lecture or seminar, and they were also more likely to prefer to pay more than $30.
The authors also said the study’s findings did not suggest there were barriers to accessing courses.”
We do not know of any research that has suggested that students who cannot afford to pay for the course have an advantage in accessing courses,” they wrote.”
Indeed, we believe the evidence is quite clear that many students do not have this choice.
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