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Learning Experience The distance learning mode is supported by the Virtual Campus through individual study of the study materials and active participation in the group learning experience. The discussion forums, group email and computer mediated communication technologies (such as Web Conferencing Software, Interact Web Broadcasting/simulcast technology and Skype Internet Telephony and Conferencing software) are available via Virtual Campus supplement workshops. This permits group study, discussion and presentations equivalent to the full time on?campus classes. The online library, annotated PowerPoint presentations, recorded lecture materials and eBook resources provide the same learning resources as to an on?campus student. The delivery of educational content constitutes however, only a small part of the Virtual Campus experience. Online community groups, communication tools and discussion forums enable students to: - Communicate with each other and their tutors; - Share ideas, debate issues and explore concepts; - Reflect on the contributions of others and consider critically their own position prior to posting a response to the group; - Participate in a few live lectures as they occur on the full-time course; - Enhance the learning experience for all involved. Central to the online MBA is the development of a learning experience responsive to individual needs which encourages the active participation of students with tutors and with each other to expand their ideas in class or via electronic forums and communications tools. Online learning is learner centred, enabling the student to assume responsibility for their own learning. The course applies a group?centred model of learning so that learning will be a social activity. In this way, learning will not be static, but will reflect the dynamism of learning communities. This will facilitate amongst students greater cognitive development, critical thinking and the discovery of new knowledge rather than that experienced when learning alone. Paricipation in team work is an essential and compulsory component of the learning experience and an integral part of many assessments. Support for Online Study The executive part-time is very similar to the full-time delivery with the added benefit of online learning support. The modules will be delivered over 2 weekends with an additional 8 weeks of online support between weekends. The distance learning mode has all of the above facilities indicated in the full-time study mode on the Virtual Campus, plus some additional resources. The first of these is the study guide for the module that explains the resources available, the learning approach and any special requirements or deadlines. The module is divided into learning topics that directly reflect the taught syllabus. Each of these topics has a number of additional resources for the distance learner: [1] topic notes providing a commentary on the topic that replicates the lecture material; [2] annotated PowerPoint slides of the on-campus lectures; [3] where appropriate, an audio or talking head PowerPoint summary of key learning points (usually about 10?15 minutes) or complete video of the lecture (this may be broadcast live on some occasions); [4] where available, an eBook chapter or digitised reading or hyperlink to such a resource; [5] individual and group activities that are facilitated by asynchronous and synchronous communication technologies and [6] an online support module. In addition, the online tutor engages with teams and individuals through the asynchronous discussion forum, group email and individual confidential email, which are the key resources to support online interaction. Online Study Support Module To prepare students for the online learning experience an online support module has been specially developed. This module covers induction and ongoing support that a student requires to proceed with MBA study. Delivery is integrated around an e-book: Cameron S., 2005. The M

Learning Experience The distance learning mode is supported by the Virtual Campus through individual study of the study materials and active participation in the group learning experience. The discussion forums, group email and computer mediated communication technologies (such as Web Conferencing Software, Interact Web Broadcasting/simulcast technology and Skype Internet Telephony and...

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