What can you expect when studying with UDOL? Well, you’re going to have an academic who is a subject expert on the specific topic that you’re studying and they’re going to be talking to you in the forums but they’re also going to be encouraging you to talk to other students, which is actually a really great opportunity because in a lot of face to face modules you might not actually talk with everyone in the class but with an online module you get to see a whole range of different opinions from all around the world. Our academics go into the modules 5 days a week so they’ll go into the modules and they’ll read discussion boards and make comments on student posts so it gives you a little bit more than perhaps you would get on campus because our students are working flexibly, they’re working at the times that suit them. Our academics are going in and responding to those comments and you probably wouldn’t get that on campus because you perhaps would only be in campus a couple of days a week. One of the things that modules include is online live classroom sessions. This is where the tutor sets a time and a date for a virtual meeting and prepares some materials. It might be about the assessment or it may be just an opportunity to have a debate or a discussion around a topic. And these sessions can be recorded so that if you’re not able to meet the time and date you can always pick up on it later or refresh your memory or be there at the time and engage in the debate at the time. We assess students in all sorts of different ways. We try and take into account that some students are skilled and are very good at doing certain things, so they might be very good at doing an essay or they might be very good at writing an assessment or a report. They might be good at working say in a group wiki or in a discussion board to create something with other students. They might be good at presenting. So what we try and do is recognise that student have different skills, different talents and so we give a variety of assessment methods for students to do different things but also it gives them the chance actually they may feel as if they’re not very good at a certain thing like maybe working on a group wiki so having a chance to do that develops their skills. So it’s good. It’s kind of like, you know being up for the challenge, hopefully students are up for the challenge and actually if they are they will really have some good all-rounded skills through doing different assessments. It’s really hard to put into words what the OLAs do because it’s just so vast. They are there for that pastoral support. They’re there to help you if you don’t know where to go so if you’ve got any problems with navigating your way around the module, getting advice. They’re the people that you can turn to. So the students get a whole lot of support from other aspects of the university or from other areas of the university. For instance, we’ve got the library so if students are close to the university, they’ve got full use of the library but also all the materials we use are up online. So from our books, from journal articles, you name it we’ve got it up there. The next service is really, really good. Is the well-being service. Students have got access to counsellors. So if students are having issues outside of the university, we’re able to direct them to them to get that support that they need. They’ve also got career services so this helps with kind of helping students develop other aspects of their personal development; things like creating their CVs, helping with interviews, tips and skills, those types of things that really help them with transferring it to a new job or a new career.