Distance Learning at NSPC
A long way away from a teaching centre? Office hours filled up with work? Unpredictable family responsibilities mean that regular attendance at classes is unrealistic? Travel stressful or onerous? Just want to be flexible in your hours?
Online learning may be the answer and NSPC has been developing online learning since the turn of the millenium (2000). Wholly online courses include the MSc in Psychotherapy Studies (that can form part of a professional training pathway), the MA in Working with Diversity, and the MSc in Autism and Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders, but online learning and face to face learning are now blended in all of our courses.
We know that online learning does not suit everyone, and that it requires a special commitment. Our online learning is always supported by small tutorial group participation via discussion forums and chatrooms. This creates a peer group to ensure that learning is a collaborative and not a lonely activity.
Virtual learning environment
NSPC uses Moodle as the environment, providing a mixture of pages of teaching materials created by our experts, links to web resources, additional reading that is provided at no additional cost, videos and of course illustrations and images.
Students monitor their progress via online quizzes, and ratings of particularly helpful posts on the forum, discussion groups. We are gradually introducing competencies, too, so that students can monitor their progression towards achieving the course outcomes.
NSPC's sister company Ask-the-therapist Ltd has been developing a secure, online virtual environment for therapy and therapy supervision since 2006. It is now used regularly by our supervisors and doctoral students, providing them with a video and audio conferencing facility plus a text chat that can be useful for those with reduced bandwidth.
Online working has become integral to NSPC's goal to remain a truly international college of higher education.