For the individuals who take part in the different areas of our curriculum there is always a remote learning and self study element because of the flexible, accessible nature of our programmes, we’re not alone in this approach and right now there are hundreds of areas of online learning available for those who may find themselves with some extra time to learn a new skill or invest in some personal development.
But remote learning is a lot different to classroom learning and so we’ve put together these pieces of advice to help anyone considering undertaking remote learning and how to make the most of it.
If your course has a learning element via video link or similar then you obviously need to be present for this but beyond that you need to ensure you schedule regular time to continue your learning and to complete any coursework or additional work that has been set. When you’re not seeing your tutor face to face or being held accountable by them it can be easy to put off assignments or other work so allowing sufficient and regular time to complete this work is essential.
You might save time on travel or chatting by the coffee machine but realistically you won’t save any more time than that and don’t expect that things will be easier because you’re not physically in a classroom. We’re obviously huge advocates of remote learning but despite this we recognise that sometimes remote learning can be more difficult, particularly when you come up against problems or really need that face to face teaching - of course everything is resolvable but don’t make the mistake of expecting an easy ride.
They are there to help you and the more they know about you, the better they’ll be at this. The best instructors or teachers will make an effort to engage with all of the students and to encourage engagement and community with one another. You should be encouraged to ask questions and you should be comfortable to ask them too, in fact anything you might do in person is fine to do in a remote learning situation and a good educator will make you feel this way from the outset.
If you’re reading this, we’ll make a small assumption that the learning you might be considering is of a technical nature anyway - we don’t mean you should try and jump ahead on the course curriculum but rather you should be aware of some of the things you’ll be using ahead of time, for example everyone on our Your Journey Into Tech course needs to have a GitHub account so a sensible approach would be to set this up beforehand and to learn a little about how this works.
The communities that we’re a part of are invaluable and here’s the great thing about communities they crop up everywhere and you can part of lots of different ones, so whilst your learning might be remote that doesn’t mean that there should be any less of a community than if you were in a classroom together - and we’ve got a good example close to home. Our latest cohort of Your Journey Into Tech kicked off on March 23rd 2020 - post government lockdown meaning the members of that group have never met each other - and they’re just as connected as any cohort which has gone before creating invaluable relationships which will go on way beyond their initial learning journey together.