There’s no disputing it: flexibility is the key to juggling modern life. Tight timeframes work for some, but many of us prefer to set our own pace – and that applies particularly to studying.
You asked for convenience and flexibility – we delivered! So far, all our Open2Study courses have been run over four weeks. But on 15 July 2013, we changed the tempo by launching our very first self paced courses; our free online courses just got even better!
To start with, we are offering two courses in this stream – User Experience for the Web and Management for a Competitive Edge. Our aim is to compare how well students in self paced courses perform when compared against students in our regular four-week courses. This will help us to better understand how students learn online so that we can continue to improve the quality of the courses we offer.
To me, self paced learning is a great move, which is why I volunteered my course Management for a Competitive Edge as one of the first to be offered without timelines or cut-off dates. Students will now be able to access this course any time and study wherever they want without the pressure of deadlines looming large.
Of course, it’s not just for students who like to take longer or don’t like deadlines – you can also complete an entire subject in a day if you have the time and motivation.So now you can fit your studies around your life rather than the other way around!
Having taught face-to-face business and management over many years, I’m very interested in the insights the self paced courses will give us into how Open2Study students like to learn. I really look forward to seeing how the self paced courses will compare to our four-week study courses.
I firmly believe that education and learning never stop; and the easier and more effective we can make it, the better.Haldor Aamot is Open2Study's Online Education Consultant Lead and a sessional lecturer with ICMS.