New look Distance learning for 2010Posted on 13/07/2010 by itcnz
ITC’s ‘new-look’ Distance & Online Learning Programme (DOL) has got off to a flying start for 2010 with a range of exciting new developments.
The latter part of 2009 saw the DOL team (Wendy, Carla and Jill) hard at work preparing new course material, designing our new ITC Online learning management system, initiating new processes for student recruitment, and creating an all-new orientation programme for our students.
“Our enormous efforts of last year have well and truly paid off” said Jill Quigley, Distance Learning Manager. “We’re thrilled with our new-look course, and the proof, as they say, is definitely in the pudding – the results have been excellent!”
The new measures we’ve put in place regarding student selection and academic support have lead to a marked improvement in our student retention and achievement levels. Our set start dates and orientation workshops have meant that students feel a real sense of community and peer support with fellow online classmates, which in turn helps them to stay motivated and fully engaged in their course.
Here’s what Shane Martin, one of our May class students had to say:
About the Online Orientation week: “The most comprehensive and friendliest introduction to a course that I have ever enrolled in. The forums and profiles have been instrumental in preparing me to meet people in person for the first time – not the easiest thing for me to do.”
About the Orientation Workshop: “Thanks to all those who attended, including Jill, Carla and Wendy for making it a day to remember for all the right reasons. Easily the most interesting and informative course/workshop that I have ever taken part in.”
Here’s Shane and some of his classmates during one of the Orientation workshop activities.
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