(14) eLearning or money?

Post 14:

In the UK all children must be educated. Most young learners (today) stay on to complete their GCSEs then proceed to study A-Level’s. With the recent reports (including previous posts on this Blog) of the rising costs of tuition fees, it makes one think “will there be as many people going to go to University?”

Of course, the Open University announced plans to rival ‘real’ Universities, they are going to charge slightly lower fees than those on UCAS. In theory, the Open University is “distant learning.” What about other forms of learning, credited courses? Take the example of an online, elearning website. This site offers potential students’ to study business alongside ICT. Has technology gone too far at giving qualifications (in the form of certificates etc) to anyone, anywhere?

Whilst the internet does not have complete control over its content, is learning a subject/area which needs to be looked after? I.e., can we keep control over how good a qualification is, or should elearning be banned completely?

Post 14, over and out.

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(12) WordPress blog, worth a look

Post 12:

There are millions of post on millions of Blogs … some not as good, some random, others not relevant. Here’s a Blog I stumbled upon which might be of interest (especially some comments) if you are interested in technology and/or education.

http://educatiuonaltech.wordpress.com/2008/01/04/what-is-educational-technology/

Post 12, over and out

(5) Is it fair to charge local students a lower fee?

Post 5:

Recently we have been reading about the high tuition fees in the United Kingdom. Most are charging up to £9000 per year. A few days ago the Northern Ireland (NI) assembly indicated that it will charge those who are born in NI fees of around £3000 but charge those from England, Scotland and Wales yearly fees of £9000. This isn’t new, at present the Scottish government lets Scottish students study for free, if not free, around £1000 per annum.

Is it fair where you are born?

Perhaps, the rise of tuition fees (which begins next year, 2012) will stop ‘silly degrees’ being studied. But will it mean the rich to become extremely well educated, and the poor to stop at GCSE’s? What about those within our society who are middle class? Will they be able to make a decision to take out a heavy loan to further their studies.

I guess it is understandable if University courses would drastically improve. I.e., better opening hours, more tutors, more advice etc would (perhaps) justify where the actual money is going! For example, will an engineering student get to execute better projects as part of their course, or will things still be the same as they are now?

Will there be changes? Will those European lawyers open up a new path to make higher education fees standard around the UK, regardless of age, race, gender and location?!

Post 5, over and out, thanks again for reading!

Pack up and go (again)

Post 2:

So it’s coming to that time of year, students’ will be getting ready to relocate to another part of the world, country or county to further their education. For me, it’s actually another island but the same country (UK) to return to Year Two of my degree.

What tip(s) can you give from first year?

Ensure you are happy with your course. I.e., the course content, how your visit day went,  how you could actually visualise yourself being/studying there etc after all, three years is actually a long time.

Once happy, and you’ve been accepted onto your course, get ready to say farewell, but not goodbye to mates, friends and family from home. This is an exciting time to meet people from all walks of life. In fact, one could argue that this will be the best time to meet people you might not otherwise have the opportunity to meet. Although not for everyone, University is a great opportunity to study something you have a passion for, as well as to socialise with some characters. Often (or so I’m told) Uni friends are for life! Just remember when saying farewell, you have several great things going for you – what’s not to love?!

Once over (near or on) your campus, try to meet and talk to as many people as possible. Chances are you’ll find a real mix of people. I.e., those who want to go to the movies, those who want to share an ice cold pint over a football match, those who want to enjoy a mad night out in town, or those who you can study with – as in share tips etc

Keep in touch with people from home (i.e., friends, mates and family) whilst you might love the natural buzz of being away, University doesn’t last for ever. Don’t think that this is now you whole life … you’ll (hopefully) be back to where you were but actually have a ‘proper’ job. With life your lifestyle chances. You’ll learn how to appreciate things, like getting laundry done, or not having to pay bills etc

Without sounding like the older brother (or worse, your father) keep safe at all times. You are now entering a new phase of your life. Enjoy it, but don’t regret it. Share a taxi with friends after a night out, keep in touch with course mates etc

Practical tip is definitely UniBaggage if you have a lot of stuff to move. These guys come to your door to deliver a suitcase of stuff from one property to another. Onto another practical tip, try to stay in Halls near your Uni. You’ll find making friends is much easier when you’re all in the same boat. Register with a doctor! Whatever you think you don’t know what next week will hold. What if you were to get a virus? How can you prove to your lecturer that you’re genuinely ill whenever you are due to take an exam? Think about these, worse case scenario, you’ll not have to see the Doctor/nurse etc

Post 2, over and out, thanks again for reading!