Online Learning – What is it all about?
Try our online courses if you may have been affected by the recent Covid 19 crisis and now looking for an alternative to tightly packed classrooms, lack of travel opportunities, inflexible timetables – try distance learning! See our article.
We have been around since 2014 and know a thing or two about online distance learning. One of the reasons people were coming to us, before the crisis was how flexible we are. We created the video on the home page to help demonstrate that. Basically, there are no set enrolment times, no semesters (no pun intended) or terms, no fixed class times. For some people this may sound like chaos, but if you are a hard working parent, time is precious. You want that qualification, but can only study from 6-8am on a Saturday!
Semester: Learning Solution
Out solution is very simple:
- Let students access the learning materials when they want, online
- Let students start their assignments when they want
- Let the students enrol at a time that suits them
- Give excellent support
- Provide excellent customer service
- Provide different ways to pay.
Online Learning Materials
For our Online Courses, we curate the best material from around the web and more traditional books. We provide a set of e-books to supplement the learning material, and even include reading tasks. Each course is made up of a number of Units. Each unit is released individually, or all together, your choice. We recommend one at a time to start with, until you are in the swing of distance learning.
We use videos, websites, textbooks and our own content. The videos are narrated by native English speakers, and we have lots of videos for each subject.
We deliver the materials through the easy to use Moodle Learning Management System (LMS). Access it through your phone, tablet, or pc/laptop anywhere you have internet access. You have e-books for when you don’t.
See our article on free tools for students.
When you have worked your way through the learning material, it will be time to assess your learning. This is done via assignment for all regulated courses. This will be time constrained, which means once it is issued, you will have a limited time to hand it in. Because all our learners work to their own timetable, you don’t need to request this assignment until you are ready.
We use a centralised Assignment Request Form for student to specify the assignment and the issue date. The time you are allowed will be different for different topics and levels. Typically you get 10 working days, or 2 weeks. For those with Additional Learning Needs, we can allow a further 25%.
You will typically do 3-4 assignments per topic/unit.
Start when you want!
Most colleges and universities enrol students at the beginning of the academic year, September. We have no such limitations, once you have applied and paid, we can get you started within 2 working days!
You will be wondering how you will be supported throughout your distance learning studies? As you will no doubt be studying at odd hours, so do most of the tutors! There are 3 levels of support:
- Subject support – you will have a dedicated subject tutor who will assess your work, provide guidance via telephone, email or web meeting.
- Course Support – you will have a dedicated course tutor who will monitor your progress through the course, review you monthly and generally be around to help.
- Centre support – our main office is manned during the week, 9-5pm. Assignments are issued from here as well, call, email, webchat, video chat.