How will I study

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Because we operate in one of the most geographically fragmented regions of Scotland, we do things a bit differently. We’ve developed an expertise in delivering our courses remotely using a blended learning method.

Each week will comprise of scheduled, connected learning time and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments.  Some flexible learning must be done on a weekly basis.

Connected learning is when you learn together with tutors, students and others. Connected learning happens at a scheduled time in a practical workshop, an online-classroom, a studio, a specialist classroom, the workplace or in the outdoors.

Flexible learning covers tutor directed learning and self-directed learning.

Tutor-directed learning is weekly learning activity, for example:

  • posting your idea in a discussion forum,
  • completing a quiz,
  • practising a task, activity or idea
  • watching a video or reading,
  • discussing and working on a solution with another student,
  • researching and gathering information,
  • completing an assignment or project-based task.

Self-directed learning is your decision about further study and focus.  We encourage you to take ownership of your learning and areas of interest. You can ask us to help you to determine areas for further development.

Your connected learning will take place in an online-classroom.  This will include a combination of video conferencing, interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students. We have a network of college centres throughout Argyll and there may be an option to study some of the time from your local centre. This will depend on social distancing limitations.