USEFUL ADVICE. QUALITY CRITERIA
USEFUL ADVICE. QUALITY CRITERIA
Before attending the lectures of each module, the student is advised to have previously downloaded the session materials from the course available in the UNIA’s Virtual Campus. It is also recommended that the students bring those materials to class in order to follow the lecture properly (especially the relevant legislation).
Since virtual education and learning is the main part of the program, here are some ideas and advice on how to study a course given using this methodology which may help you to plan and to get the most of it.
BEFORE STARTING THE COURSE
• Self-learning. Once on Campus, familiarise yourself with the environment in which the course will develop. Read the document ‘What is the Virtual Campus” that is available on the homepage, enter the campus, visit the sections and tools and make sure you know how to find each of them. If necessary, go to the Virtual Administration Students Area and look up the FAQs about the campus use.
• Please read through this guide and, where appropriate, the guides with the description and contents of the different subjects or modules. Make a list of the content that you must learn and the activities and assessments to be performed to complete the course successfully. Decide how much time you can dedicate to the course and establish, taking into account the indications of the teachers, the number of hours necessary to study the materials and accomplish each of the activities. When doing so, keep in mind that your time allocation must be consistent with the rest of your commitments and that your plan should be flexible, in case of any unforeseen event.
• After that, you should develop a work schedule where you may record:
– Start and end dates of course.
– Deadline of the exercises, self-assessments and evaluations.
– Plan of your time dedicated to study the contents.
– Days and hours of the chat sessions, online tutorials, etc. when appropriate.
Remember that you can use the Calendar available on the Virtual Campus, adding a new event.
• Update your profile and data through People > Participants and visit the tutors and other colleagues’ profiles. Upload your photograph, write a greeting or short presentation on your blog, etc. so that the others can meet you. If the module includes a presentation forum, also use it to introduce yourself and to check out the profile of the other members of the course
THROUGHOUT THE COURSE
– Make sure you access the Virtual Campus frequently, especially at the beginning of each unit, when you are supposed to do on-line activities, and also before finishing the course.
– Check the notice board in your personal e-mail in order to keep up-to-date with the course activities.
– Check the campus calendar periodically where all relevant dates will be shown: tutorial sessions, works delivery dates, etc.
– Use the different ways to communicate with your tutor whenever you have any question s related with the course and its contents.
– Should you have any enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for technical problems related with the campus functioning, Malaga@unia.es for administrative enquiries or email@example.com for enquiries related to tutors.
– It would be useful for your personal fulfilment if you share experiences with your colleagues on the course by responding in the virtual forum.
– Update your personal information if it changes and periodically review your tutors’ in case of any changes.
AFTER THE COURSE
– Check all your marks and on-line evaluation activities through the menu.
– Fill in the assessment questionnaire. Do not hesitate to express your personal opinion as well as the improvements you would suggest for the future.