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Open Distance Learning (ODL)                                            

ODL is a different way of learning… There is a physical distance between you and your institute. For most of us, this means that our previous learning experiences will not have prepared us for the IQ study journey. In distance learning, YOU are responsible for your studies. You don’t attend daily lectures. You learn from a distance and you connect to the college mostly via the internet.

But this does not  mean that you are on your own. IQ has a number of support services for our students – from tutorial support to online tools. The “distance” in distance learning means that most of your interactions with IQ  will take place at a distance - mostly in digital format.

Your study material

Your study material will consist of written content, whether on paper or online, instead of listening to a teacher or lecturer in a classroom. In some instances, IQ provides access to computers and the internet at our regional offices, but we suggest that you have your own computer and access to the internet if at all possible - it will just make your studies so much easier.

Your study world

The best way to cope with distance learning is to take full responsibility for your own learning experience and environment. Your study world will be the environment you create - a room at home, a desk somewhere at work and, of course, the connections you make and the virtual networks you develop.

Your time

You will also need to remind your friends, family and work colleagues that your studies demand a lot from you, because they will probably forget that you are studying and make demands on your time.

What is it like to be an ODL student?

What is it like to be an ODL student?

Student services & support

As an open distance learning institute there is not much face-to-face contact between IQ and our students. Nonetheless, our students come first and we provide many services to support you during your IQ journey.

IQ provides you with a number of support services that will help you on your journey:



under IQ’s online student portal is institute's most important study tool. It is how you will communicate with IQ and how IQ will communicate with you.


Registered IQ students will get a tablet. Important information, notices and updates are sent exclusively to the tablet.

Social media FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and YouTube are great channels through which to share ideas, find other students, ask questions and generally stay informed.
E-tutors IQ has introduced e-tutoring in the tablets for  all undergraduate learning programmes, thus integrating support that is potentially accessible to each student, irrespective of their geographic location. A group of about 200 students is linked to one e-tutor. Students in a group are able to interact and learn from one another.
Regional centres

IQ’s distance education character is also reflected in the regional structure, which includes three regions, namely Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal,  Cape town. Together, these comprise 3 hubs, service centres and agencies that serve many thousands of students from different companies . At most of the regional offices we have learning centres where distance learners can go to in order to get various forms of support for their studies. This includes face-to-face tutorials and access to computers.


The library is one of the institute’s indispensable resources. Knowing how to use it (and using it extensively) is central to the successful IQ student experience.Containing more  items, including books, reference resources.


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