Online Learning with MCI

An International  Community of Montessori Learners fit for the 21st  century

In education we are now concerned with the interests of the human race which has only one nation: the world  – Montessori, 1989



Montessori Centre International has been at the forefront of delivering quality Montessori training via Distance Learning for over 30 years.

MCI established its new virtual learning environment in September 2014, transforming its distance learning provision to a dynamic online learning environment, bringing distance learners out of isolation and into a global classroom.

We have established an international community of learners sharing practice without borders, bringing online learners and attending learners together to establish a global conversation.

The rich online learning environment we have created, and the engaging dialogue  happening between  students across the globe has astounded us all and we are very proud to be part of developing Maria Montessori s principles for 21st  century learning
Laura, VLE Design & Development Lead

As a result of the new approach and the establishment of our global community of learners more students than ever before are completing their Montessori training online with MCI. Online Learning students now feel part of a rich dialogue with other students and have more contact with their tutors.

I can confidently say that I have been quite literally blown away by how interactive, interesting and inspiring the course has beenand have been hugely impressed with the support offered and sense of community that is already evident throughout the forums, even when studying from afar.
 Amanda, September 2016 student

How does it work?

There may be many different reasons for you to choose to study via online learning, for example; family, distance from the college or work commitments. What remains the same for all our students is the high quality teaching and resources available to you all.

As an online learner you will have your own tutor who will remain with you throughout the course. They will be available through 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) course can submit assignments when they are ready allowing even greater freedom of learning pace and journey.

The course materials and resources are all accessed through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Once registered you will receive your log-in details and have access to 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 which allow 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 the VLE is to try our guest course for yourself. Contact admissions@montessori.org.uk to request a Guest Pass to access one of our sessions.

What if I need technical help?

We have developed a support site  which offers step by step guides and videos on how to use the VLE and ePortfolio system. To visit the blog for yourself and see what kind of support is available, click here.

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And because we understand that sometimes you just need a person to speak to, we also have a full-time eLearning Support Officer who is available via email and through bookable Skype appointments.

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What computer requirements do I need?

Moodle can be accessed through a web browser on your PC, tablet or smartphone. Although smartphones and tablets enable you to browse the Moodle platform, be aware that to use its systems and eLearning tools they are not enough. Therefore, you need a personal computer (Windows PC or Mac), a solid, reliable Internet connection, a modern web browser and some basic computer skills.

You will need:

  • Basic computer browsing skills (i.e. are  you  comfortable with using the internet to shop online?)

  • Basic word processing skills

  • Microsoft  Word or another word processing program, compatible with Microsoft Word

  • An email account

  • A reasonably recent computer (either PC or Mac)

  • A PDF reader (e.g. Adobe Acrobat or Preview)

  • A media player (e.g. Adobe Flash Player or QuickTime)

  • Microsoft PowerPoint presentation software or another program compatible with it (Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac or Keynote)

  • A web browser with JavaScript enabled and Flash (the Google Chrome browser includes Adobe FlashPlayer by default), and also able to accept cookies – current recommended browsers include: Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari – to find out which browser you are using, click here

  • A reliable internet connection, preferably broadband (DSL speeds) – a  minimum bandwidth of  4MB download speed is recommended

  • To  test your internet speed, click here

What do our students say about the VLE?

I am 56 years old and was apprehensive about blended learning as I have not grown up with IT.  In actual fact, the VLE has been a very positive experience for me. Introductory videos have provided extra guidance ensuring that we are all met at the point of our experience and capability.

 

 It is so interesting to be able to read so many interesting perspectives on the Forum, I wasn’t sure if Distance Learning would feel too ‘distant’ but instead I find that the world seems to have shrunk and we are all on this journey of learning together, sharing our thoughts and ideas.

 

 As a dyslexic I have struggled in the past with conventionaleducation systems, in turn feeling very frustrated. The blended learning system here offers a great array of opportunities to learn  in different ways. As I struggle to comprehend information purely from a book, the video clips, interactive forums are a great aid.

 

I have done a lot of work on the VLE before but I have found that the quality of this course
has been excellent. It has range of different ways of accessing a topic or theme.
I think [the VLE] is absolutely brilliant.

 

Only one week into the course and it is already far more than I could ever have imagined, I feel buoyed by a sense of community and both inspired and motivated by tutor and fellow student feedback and interaction. I feel privileged to be a part of the online learning community and also, even if it s just a teeny tiny part, to be at the forefront of technological advancement.