Flexible Learning Options and Regional Study - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Flexible Learning Options

Our Flexible Learning Option (FLO) programmes offer the flexibility that make University study possible for students who do not have the ability to get to a local campus. They allow students to study, part-time or full-time in some programmes whilst they continue work, meet family responsibilities and pursue other interests. Generally FLO students don’t need to come to classes or attend tutorials or lectures, although there may be an On-site Intensive as part of your course.

Most learning occurs in your space at your time. Many of you may be studying because you want to update your professional knowledge or advance your career. Whatever your motivation, our aim is to provide you with a great learning experience and to help you attain the goals you have set for yourself in your course of study. A large number of FLO students are involved in Postgraduate study, working to advance their careers or to keep abreast of the latest developments in Educational study.

The College of Education, Health and Human Development FLO courses are delivered online, using quality course content. This may be a new way of learning for some, but one that successfully works for our FLO students. Distance and online courses are not for everyone. It’s important to understand fully what Distance learning is like, and how it fits with students own learning preferences. Study at University requires a significant investment, and balancing everyday commitments with study requirements can be quite challenging. Some courses (Requirements of Distance Study) will have supervised tests or examinations where you will need to plan to travel up to 2.5 hours to a designated exam centre. It is for this reason that the University of Canterbury has an easily accessible team of Support Services staff that are here to assist you with whatever you need to make your transition to University a smooth one.

If you are new to University study, or returning after a long gap, you may benefit from some assistance with your academic skills such as the Headstart Programme (not available as a distance course) and Academic Skills Centre distance on line resources. A list of frequently asked questions can be found here.

All University students need to be able to take good notes, write effective essays, make the best use of University Libraries, and revise and prepare for university tests and examinations. All students will need to pick up these skills, unless they have obtained good results in a Level 3 English-rich subject (English, History, Classics etc).

The College of Education, Health and Human Development FLO courses are delivered via an online classroom, in the Learning Management System ‘LEARN’ (powered by Moodle). It is essential that your computer skills are good enough for you to cope with the demands of the on-line Classroom. We realise that many students may feel anxious about their level of computer and online skills. A guide to the basic levels of computer skills and equipment requirements can be found here.

Regional Study

We have a centre in Nelson for Primary teacher education. A new Primary programme was developed in 2012 in conjunction with local principals. It includes both on-campus and FLO distance learning.

In the North Island we work together with local institutions to provide our programmes and offer support to distance students. In Rotorua we work with the Wairariki Institute of Technology to provide Primary Teacher Education, and in New Plymouth with the Western Institute of Technology to provide Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Studying by FLO at the College of Education, Health and Human Development will be an inspiring, challenging and rewarding experience. You’ll gain new skills and knowledge, and of course you will have our support every step of the way.

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