In January 2018 we will be launching three new Bachelor degree programmes, validated and awarded by the University of Lincoln. The University of Lincoln has recently been awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017, judged as delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. The University of Lincoln is ranked as a top 50 UK institution in both The Guardian University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2017.
The programmes are:
The new programmes are at level 6 of the National Qualifications Framework and will allow individuals with a variety of level 5 qualifications to gain access to the final year of the degree programme with exemptions. Students have access to excellent student support, relevant and current academic material and a course that is recognised by employers. Graduates can go onto employment in their chosen field or gain access to career changes and progression.
These programmes are offered online. The University of Lincoln’s programmes and awards do not differentiate in value between online and on-campus qualifications. The qualification and award achieved is of equal value.
With today’s busy lifestyle, going to a physical campus may not the best method for all students. Online learning is increasingly attractive to a broader spectrum of individuals seeking professional development. In addition, with the increased use of smart phones for all activities, online learning has become mobile.
Unlike most online degree programs, where most interaction between teachers and students happens asynchronously, the WINC OL delivery system allows regular contact sessions in synchronous mode between the student and teacher. This happens during the weekly lecture and tutorial session which is scheduled once every week (just like in a traditional college / University) and conducted via a sophisticated video and audio conferencing system. However, unlike traditional mode, a student can ´attend´ the class from anywhere in the world as long as he/ she has access to a computer with internet access! These sessions are conducted at pre-scheduled times. And what´s more - students who cannot attend these sessions can retrieve these lectures as they will be recorded. In addition to this, students can talk one on one to the faculty members during their scheduled office hours to resolve doubts/ queries.
Most modules will combine assigned readings from textbooks and other materials, online exercises, problems, or activities put together by the instructor, interactive discussions on cases, situations, or questions posed by the instructor, and assigned group or individual projects or papers. In addition to the live lecture delivery mentioned above all courses are supported using Moodle, an integrated course management- system. Students have access to these resources through the term and can download and print them as needed. In a normal week, students will be expected to complete the assigned readings from the text book and other resources, go over the lecture notes/ lecture recordings, participate in the asynchronous discussion boards, and attend the virtual lectures and tutorial sessions.
Online education has a number of benefits: