The Online Learning Revolution

Learning is the process of acquiring skill or knowledge. These days online learning, distance learning and E-Learning are descriptions of how lessons and knowledge are accessed via the internet across many media platforms such as computers, I-Pod, MP3, and smart phones. Many educational institutions are using this method around the world and it has enabled literally millions of people of all ages to access education. For a degree or simply a short course of personal interest, the online learning revolution is here.

Online learning is a fully interactive experience where remote members of a learning community come together to learn from tutors the same as if they were physically present in a classroom or lecture theatre. Students view lectures, take part in discussion groups, have one-to-one tutorials, participate in group studies, submit assignments, and take exams. Good communication is paramount with any form of online or distance learning. Email, Skype, and Instant Messaging are used for this purpose. All these internet resources aid rapid and relevant communication.

The convenience of online learning is the centre of learning is exactly where you want it to be. Information is absorbed at the pace suited to the student and engagement in the subject matter is more thorough. Video and audio lectures can be repeated at the student’s leisure. A variety of learning styles are available and tutors can use many representations to describe their subject matter to suit visual and auditory learners. With students located anywhere there is likely to be a rich diversity of viewpoints in the community, which makes learning stimulating.

Distance Learning relates to the concept of learning at a distance where learning materials are sent to the student. This used to be known as a “correspondence course” but with the internet, all of the material a student needs will be available online or on media such as CD, telephone, email and videos. Communication between lecturers and students has improved as better communication tools have become available as there is much more flexibility and interaction enabling a supportive relationship to be built up for the distance learning student working alone.

Absolute-Academy’s exciting home study course is the perfect way to begin with online distance learning. It is a course to inspire and bring out the creativity in students with an introduction to the fascinating subject of interior design. Working towards achieving a City & Guilds Level One Award, the course is ideal for those who prefer to study in their own time and in their own space. Students are appointed a personal tutor who will offer regular online support. Communication with the tutor is via email and tutor-marked assessments. This absorbing course teaches meeting a client brief, site surveys, drawing to scale, understanding colour theory, designing with pattern and texture, wall and floor-coverings, lighting design and creating scheme boards.

Contact us for details of enrolment throughout 2012.

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