People choose to study online for a variety of reasons; family, distance from the college or work commitments. We offer high-quality teaching and resources for all students, whether online or in-person.
Formal courses on the VLE:
As an online learner on a formal course, you will have your own tutor who will remain with you throughout. They will be available via both email and Skype, and will offer tutorials and personalised support to you.
You will be following the same timetable as the college based students, and studying the same sessions as they do. Whilst there is flexibility in when and where you study, students on the Diploma EYE course follow an assessment timetable with set submission windows. Students on the Integrating Montessori Practice (IMP) and Introducing the Montessori Approach (IMA) courses can submit assignments when they are ready, allowing even greater freedom of learning pace and journey.
The course materials and resources are accessed through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Once registered you will receive your login details for your course. The courses are divided into units of work, and each unit is further split in ‘sessions’. The sessions contain information delivered through text and images, links to further reading, slideshows, videos, quizzes and other interactive activities that bring the content to life. As you work through the sessions you will be invited to join conversations and discussions with other students on the forums, allowing you to share ideas with MCI students across the world and develop your thinking as part of a global community.
The best way to experience formal learning on our VLE is to try our guest course for yourself.
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Informal Learning on the Open Learning platform:
Open Learning is a different platform to our VLE. You can study our Open Learning courses anytime anywhere as they are designed to be used on both laptops and mobile devices and they have continuous enrolment, meaning you can join straight away.
Our tutors and community teaching assistants are online through each month to respond to questions and comments but the courses are largely self-access. Most courses will generate a certificate of participation once you have completed them. The platform offers free MOOC courses, professional development packages and webinars. Browse the course catalogue and sign up for a course today.