Many students want to know how distance learning will fit their lifestyle before they begin, but everyone is different. That’s why we have given you an illustrated journey through 12 weeks of studying through RDI below to help you understand some of the key milestones you could experience.
Started working through the new module on ilearn, read the units and played with the interactives. Downloaded the lessons to my Kindle so I can read it on the bus to work. Great to use this dead time for studying.
OMG! Just found I passed the last module. Really pleased and got some good feedback will help me on next module. Feedback referred me to a mini-module on how to reference properly. Bookmarked! Really useful.
Working through ilearn material. Tutor answered a query over concept I was struggling with. And another on-line seminar helped clarify my thoughts on this. Phew!
Student rep asked for some feedback for the course meeting.
Looked at my assignment question. Some other students posted on the forum asking about it and were answered by tutor. The question looks interesting and relevant to my job. Getting to the end of working through the online content for this module.
Thought I should update my CV, so logged into the RDI Careers Portal and used the CV Builder to help make it better. Also viewed the Interview Simulator – may come in handy soon!
Time to focus on the assignment!!
Tutor ran an online session explaining in detail what was needed. Very helpful and timely for me
Have written up my essay plan and got some feedback on that from Tutor. Started accessing the on-line library and found some relevant journals to help me.
On holiday. Hurray! No work this week!
Collected everything I need to write up my assignment
Time to start thinking about the next module. Got paid this week, so made payment online and received access for it
Sent in a draft to my tutor. It looks good but he had some useful pointers to help me improve it.
All done. Submitted it online with a few hours to spare. Time for a big family celebration!
A typical 15 credit module therefore represents 150 hours activity for the average student and a 30 credit module 300 hours. Because module sizes differ it is useful to think in terms of credits as you plan your study. If, for example, you want to complete your BA in 4.5 years that means 80-90 credits each year. Put another way: around 17 hours study per week.
This begins with an online induction, where you are introduced to the ideas behind online learning and you become familiar with the systems that we use:
As you can see, there is plenty of support available. Add to that the flexibility of being able to study at your own pace and this is a formula that maximises your prospects for success.
However, you have a part to play, as well. To begin with, you need to commit time to the course. The amount needed depends on the speed that you want to progress and time management is important. For example, many students utilise commuting time or lunch breaks for studying. Working through the module content and completing the learning activities requires organisation, commitment and dedication. We provide high levels of support and guidance but you need to view studying as a partnership and join ready to play your part. With our support and your commitment you can succeed.