How Do I Learn? – More Detail
Open Learning Materials, Online Resources, Practical Assignments & Seminars
Open Learning Materials
Students are provided with high-quality open learning materials. These are written by people who are both expert in the subject matter covered in each module and in creating materials that:
- Specifically address the learning needs of people working in human services and non-profit sector; and,
- Accommodate the work and life pressures peculiar to people working in the area.
These materials are constantly updated to ensure that the reading and learning activities reflect and address contemporary practice.
The style is geared towards adult learners thereby ensuring the materials are practical, relevant to the learner’s situation, builds upon existing knowledge and problem centred. In addition to the content; learner activities, key links, case studies and important practice discussions are provided.
Online Resources – Database/Library/Key Links
The College provides access to a number of key information resources. All these resources are online and therefore accessible anytime, anywhere. These include EBSCO SocIndex (full text), and Emerald. In addition, the College provides links to the most up to date, best practice resources on the web.
The College is constantly updating its online resources. We would strongly recommend student develop to use our various online resources as a research and study tool as a matter of priority to support both their learning and practice.
Most modules are assessed through the students’ application of a best practice model to their place of work. From their experience the students are asked to identify the key supports, barriers and areas of opportunity. Finally, after each assignment, the students are asked to reflect on their learning from the module and identify how their practitionership will change in the future
This process has led to positive professional developments for both the student and the agency. The student is assessed through a variety of mechanisms including the completion of online activities, participation on discussion forums and wikis.
External presenters, module writers and members of the College team facilitate these workshops. These workshops give students a chance to get to know each other and work together on activities, in small groups, in a stimulating face to face environment. In addition provide an excellent opportunity to network and discuss practice issues with other practitioners from across Ireland.
How Supports Do I Have? – More Detail
Tutorials, Feedback, Online Supports, Help Desk & Workplace Support
Tutorials – Telephone/Online/Email/Face to Face
Students are allocated an individual tutor each year. Regular contact is maintained through tutorials during which any or all of the following areas may be discussed:
- Student’s progress with the learning materials
- Assignment preparation and feedback
- Work-based support
- Revision of study topics
- Local study groups
- Additional issues that may arise relevant to the learning process
The College delivers tutorial supports in three ways, via the telephone, through email or in online group tutorials.
Feedback (Formative and Summative)
The College provides many opportunities for the student to gain feedback on their progress and understanding, as the student progresses through the course. These opportunities include online quizzes, peer feedback through discussion boards and chat and the tutorials. 6 weeks after the completion of your assignment the College provides the student with a clear rubric that outlines a student’s performance against the key learning outcomes in the module.
The College has a dedicated e learning team to support you through your online work (contactable anytime through firstname.lastname@example.org. A key area of support is before commencing any course the student must complete an online induction course that provides the student with the key skills required to study effectively online.
From the start, the College asks the student to identify a key supervisor/mentor in their work place. The College in addition, assists the student in interpreting and complying with agency requirements in undertaking study and assignments.
The College provides immediate office hour support on IT, academic or practice issues.