Innovative Online Course Lets Students Tailor Learning To Their Lifestyle
Kensington and Chelsea College brought new meaning to local learning after launching a ground-breaking online teaching course.
The course – Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) – is the first of its kind to be offered online at the college and gives students the flexibility to complete their studies around their lifestyle.
Run as a pilot project this year, the course attracted students from Gravesend, Kent and Chessington in addition to locally based students and prison service staff who want to teach adults under the offender learning programme.
Under the innovative scheme, students were given the opportunity to complete the majority of their course online through tasks, assessments and a weekly log-in forum with their course colleagues and tutor.
The course covered content related to teaching in classrooms, with a final practical session which required the students to come in to college to run a class based on what they had learnt online.
Online student Michelle Thorpe said:
‘The course is brilliant as it fits around my lifestyle. When you’re busy juggling work and home life it can be hard finding extra time to commit to coming in to college every week for a course. Studying online offers much more flexibility. I don’t miss the classroom environment as I still get to talk to my course colleagues through the weekly forums where we all share and discuss ideas.’
Course tutor Stuart Ward added:
‘The feedback from the course has been fantastic. I engage with the students directly every week in addition to setting them online quizzes and assessments. I also know how often students log-in, how many times they’ve taken quizzes and what their scores are, which enables me to monitor their progress and step in with additional support if needed. The online course has been a great success.’
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector is currently being offered online for 2011/12. Students have the option to progress on to the Diploma programme once they have completed the online course.
Date published: 25 June 2011