Frequently asked questions
How many places are available per MOOC?
This differs per MOOC and will be determined by the host university. The range is likely to be from 20 to 120 for all participating universities.
How many courses can I do?
As long as you have space in your degree, you may undertake multiple courses. However, you must keep in mind maximum enrolment limits.
International student visa holders should be aware that due to visa requirements you must be taking at least one face-face course every semester and a maximum of 25% of your degree can be online courses.
What fees do I pay?
When you enrol in the Virtual Exchange you will be enrolled in a ‘shell’ 2 unit UQ course which will appear as part of your enrolment on mySI-net. You pay fees to UQ as per your UQ enrolment. You are not required to pay fees to the host university.
If a course has additional requirements, such as a textbook, these are detailed in the course outline from the host university.
How does enrolment in a virtual exchange course effect my Centrelink payments?
To avoid potential issues with Centrelink entitlements, you should maintain an enrolment of 6 units of on-campus courses in the semester in which you participate in the Virtual Exchange.
Do any terms and conditions apply?
Yes. Please see the Virtual Exchange terms and conditions.
If I am not selected, can I still do the MOOC?
Yes, you can study the MOOC, but not as a Virtual Exchange student. This means you cannot participate in the Virtual Exchange exams or assignments, and consequently you will not receive credit towards your UQ degree.
Can I apply for other MOOCs than the ones listed here?
No, these are all Virtual Exchange courses for the coming semester. We expect to have a larger offering for future semesters.
What happens if I want to drop out?
Add and drop dates are determined by the host institution. If you wish to drop out, please contact [insert email address] so they can advise you what the effects will be in your particular situation.
Is the list of partners and courses likely to change?
The Virtual Exchange is a ground-breaking pilot being developed by a group of world-class partners with the initial phase commencing in 2017. Our hope is more partners and more courses will be offered as the pilot progresses. The pilot is running from 2017 to 2019 so if you will be here in those years and have electives available, there might be different opportunities for you over time. You could also take a Virtual Exchange now and another next year if you have space in your degree(s).
Do I need a background in the area I want to study?
All course outlines from the partners indicate the level of the course and whether they have any prerequisites. Generally, the courses do not have prerequisites, though some courses are more advanced and you will find them easier if you are later in your degree.
I don’t have any electives this semester. Will the Virtual Exchange be running in future?
The Virtual Exchange will be run as a pilot from 2017 to 2019 and UQ is committed to participating for the full three years.
Can I take a Virtual Exchange course offered by UQ or ANU even if I am a UQ student?
Yes. You will still get the experience of studying with international peers as they take these courses, however you will be taught by UQ and ANU experts rather international experts from other institutions. Enrolment in these courses will be slightly different to those offered by international partners
What will be on my transcript: the edX MOOC name or the name of the ‘shell’ course?
The ‘shell’ course name will appear on your academic transcript.
When will exams be held?
The timing of any exams will be set by the host institution. UQ students will be expected to sit the exam at the time scheduled by the host institution. Exams times therefore may be in the middle of the night Brisbane time. For example, an exam scheduled at 5pm European time will be undertaken 2am Brisbane time.
Will I get a grade for the course?
The host university will grade each student using the host university’s grading scheme. Course credit granted towards a UQ program will be non-specified elective credit graded as “pass” and not on the 1-7 scale.
How do I receive credit for a Virtual Exchange course?
When you have completed your Virtual Exchange studies, the host university will contact UQ with your credit information. Credit will be posted to your program via my SI-net.
Do I have to be in a Bachelor degree to enrol?
No. If you are approved to enrol in the Virtual Exchange, you can count a Virtual Exchange course towards any undergraduate or postgraduate qualification. Some postgraduate courses are running as part of the pilot.
Do I need to speak another language?
No. All Virtual Exchange courses are offered and examined in English.
What kind of assessment do I need to do?
Please check the course description for more information about the assessment method.
Can I sit a deferred exam for a Virtual Exchange course?
The host university rules and procedures will apply. If the host university does not permit deferred exams, UQ students cannot sit a deferred exam.
Why is UQ doing this?
We encourage all our students to be global citizens and enhance their international exposure. The Virtual Exchange is one way to bring these opportunities to students who may not otherwise have them due to the structure of their degree or their circumstances. The Virtual Exchange also allows our students to participate in one of the leading education innovations of the last decade and be recognised for this towards their degree.
Who do I contact if I want more information?
Email email@example.com if you have more questions.