The history of online learning
The concept of distance learning isn’t as new as some of us might think! It was born over 170 years old, starting as a correspondence course where the tutors sent lessons and received the students’ completed assignments by mail. Today’s online courses are simply a modern version of correspondence courses, without the old-fashioned drawbacks: there is no mail transit time, and students can now interact not only with their tutors but also other students in their class.
Technology has played a huge part in the rise in popularity of online learning programmes. Once strongly associated with mature students, it now sees hundreds of thousands of people across the UK and worldwide take the opportunity to continue their education which may not have otherwise been possible.
Thinking about studying online? Here are some of the benefits:
How does online learning work?
One of the concerns some students might have with online distance learning is feeling isolated or lonely. Modern online courses are designed to offer a very interactive learning experience, using video, puzzles quizzes, reveals and more. With the ability to access video content, virtually connect with tutors and hundreds of fellow students just a click away, online learning doesn’t have to be different to studying a qualification on campus – and you’ll receive the same qualification at the end of it.
Instead of attending lectures and working with a fixed timetable, you will study at a time and place to suit you. We provide all essential items such as core textbooks (through the online library), all study materials you need, tutor support, and a 24/7 access to the virtual learning environment FutureLearn.
How much time do I need to study?
With part-time degrees, we generally recommend around 15 hours of study per week, however online learning at Coventry University is all about flexibility. With so many ways to access your learning resources, be it by laptop, phone or tablet, and the flexibility to set your own pace of study, you can fit it around your life. You will find that most of our students work full-time and dedicate weekends and evenings to study.