The guide offers a very condensed set of information about each institution, campus and course, including ratings. I was looking for a masters in education (specializing in on-line distance higher education). The guide has a section on programs in education and training. This starts with a description of the discipline and possible jobs on graduate. The universities offering programs are listed. A table of university rankings, based on student surveys is provided, but it is not clear if this is just for teaching courses, or all courses. All the offerings in each category of program (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters by Coursework and Masters by Research).
The paper guide is useful in that you can scribble notes on it while talking to the education provider at the expo. But the text is very small and hard to read, and it is difficult to narrow down the selection of programs. In my case I wanted a Masters, available on-line, part time, but has to manually cross out all the many face-to-face ones. When I tried the on-line guide I was able to select just what I wanted. Curiously I noticed it had a category of masters not in the paper guide: "Master Degree (Extended)". The on-line guide also included Doctor Degree (Coursework) which was not mentioned in the paper guide.
Unfortunately I could not actually get the online guide to fine me online programs. The interface kept giving the error message "You must choose a State or enter an Institution Name". The state did not seem relevant for an on-line course, but I entered one anyone and kept getting the same error. On a third attempt, resetting all entries and selecting all states, the online I got 36 education programs. Unfortunately the system only allowed me to display the first of two pages of results:
The number of programs listed was too many to be useful. Unlike the paper guide, there was no easy way to scan the results and eliminate irrelevant entries. Also there was no way to further refine the list (for example, eliminating those institutions with below average quality of teaching).
- Avondale College of Higher EducationAvondale College of Higher Education - 1 matching course
- Charles Sturt University (CSU)Charles Sturt University - 6 matching courses
- CQUniversityCQUniversity - 2 matching courses
- Edith Cowan University (ECU)Edith Cowan University - 2 matching courses
- James Cook University (JCU)James Cook University (JCU) - 1 matching course
- Monash UniversityMonash University - 7 matching courses
- Open Universities Australia (OUA)Open Universities Australia (OUA) - 3 matching courses
- RMIT UniversityRMIT University - 1 matching course
- University of BallaratUniversity of Ballarat - 1 matching course
- University of New England (UNE)University of New England (UNE) - 7 matching courses
- University of New South Wales (UNSW)University of New South Wales (UNSW) - 1 matching course
- University of NewcastleUniversity of Newcastle — Gradschool - 5 matching courses
- University of TasmaniaUniversity of Tasmania - 3 matching courses
- Australian Catholic University (ACU)
- Charles Darwin University (CDU)
- Christian Heritage College
- Curtin University
- Deakin University
- Flinders University
- Griffith University
The poor user interface of the on-line Hobosn's guide meant that it was of no use in helping select a course (there would seem to be scope for better such online guides).
But in the end I did not find an Australia institution which provided an online Masers program in distance higher education, so it looks like I will be studying outside Australia.