Joining An Online Course

What you need to do if you join an online class:  Download

Our online courses use a mixture of platforms to deliver your course including Zoom – a web conferencing platform for your live class where you can interact with your tutor face to face and other members of your class, Moodle (a virtual learning environment where your tutor will share resources and activities), as well as email.

You will need an email address and a reliable internet connection, an up-to-date web browser, preferably GoogleChrome, and your device will need a camera and a microphone.  Headphones and a microphone can also be helpful but are not essential. You do not need a Zoom account of your own in order to access your sessions but it is helpful if you download the Zoom application onto your device.

Your tutor will send a Zoom invitation via email for you to join your live class online one week prior to the start of your course.  They will email you directly to explain what to do to join the class. They will use the email address you have given us when you enrolled online or over the phone.  A reminder will be sent 24 hours before the start of your course.  Follow the link and it will open up in the Zoom application.  If you haven’t downloaded the app it will open it for you.  You will ‘enter’ a ‘waiting room’ where the tutor will admit you into the classroom/meeting.  Please enrol as early as you can to ensure that you get your invitation in good time.

It’s advisable to practice opening the link as soon as you have it to make sure it works.  This gives us time to iron out any problems before the start of your course.

Your tutor will spend some time at the beginning of your first session taking you through the ground rules of using Zoom and the features that you will be using.

After your first class your tutor will arrange for you to be given a Moodle account for you to access your course area in our Virtual Learning Environment.  You tutor will send you instructions on how to access this.