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What equipment do I need to participate?

  • A reliable internet connection
  • A desktop or laptop PC or Mac with a built-in webcam is ideal for interactive classes as it will allow you to see all your fellow students at the one time. (We strongly encourage the use of headphones.  

I’ve never taken part in online learning before, how much computer experience do I need?

Not much, you will need to have basic computer skills.  We aim to try and make it as easy as possible.

Will there be any advice on how to log on?

You will receive joining instructions a week before the class is due to start.

There will be a student guide online setting out what you need to participate; tips and how to join the sessions.  We will also organise a training video.  These will be available in early January.

How will classes ‘look’?

There will be three types of online courses – recorded, interactive and blended:

Interactive teaching will be ‘live’ and classes will be offered at a set day and time each week, just like in the Open Learning programme. You login at the designated class time and you will see your fellow students and your tutor on screen.

Pre-Recorded teaching – you will be informed when lessons for each week will be available.  You can take your time over the week to complete the course

Blended teaching – a mixture of interactive and recorded teaching.

Why are some classes shorter than face-to-face versions?

Feedback from tutors suggests that our usual 2-hour class format is too long for online delivery so we have shortened the majority of classes to 1.5 hours and some others to one hour at a time.

How do I contact the office if I have any queries?

All queries should be directed to our email address

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