Learning Online

Being a distance learner

When you join Leeds Beckett as a distance learner you become a part of the online learning community - discussing and debating ideas, working on group projects, receiving feedback from your tutor, even sharing stories about life beyond your studies and making new international connections!

Our tutors and support staff are experienced at working with distance learners and understand the typical hurdles you may encounter. You might find it useful to take a look at this ebook that provides a practical guide to making the most of studying remotely at a UK Higher Education institution. It covers fundamental issues such as motivation, goal-setting, time management and coping strategies.

Forward planning and time management are essential skills for online learning. You are able to study flexibility in terms of both time and place, however we recommend you consider a study schedule and create an appropriate study space. Setting a regular time - or times - each week for focusing on your studies can help you stay on top of things, and ensure you keep up to date with your modules.

Remember that your modules have certain boundaries. For example:

  • The modules have definite start and end dates
  • The modules contain a set number of teaching weeks (or units) with topics and activities
  • The modules contain clear due dates for submitting assignments and activities
  • Each module will state the when the weekly topic activities and discussions must be completed by if you wish to receive feedback
  • There may also be activities in some modules, where you are expected to join a session at a set time. These will always be announced in advance, and there will usually be options so that you can choose the best time for you to attend. Where this type of activity takes place, sessions will be record and made available if you cannot attend.

Your Course Director or module tutor will inform you of the number of expected hours per week for your course or for particular modules.

Skills for Learning have a very useful section on Independent Learning and Time Management that you can work through for further guidance.

Whilst we will do our best to keep you engaged with our course, it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure that you allow yourself time to study.

Schedule yourself set hours each week to study (though be prepared to rearrange when life gets in the way!) and try to keep to this structure each week.

Remember that some of your assignments may include group work, and you could be asked to participate in discussions or activities that may need you to check in to your studies more than once a week.

Check when you need to submit your responses to weekly activities. Meeting these deadlines this allows the course team to provide you with constructive feedback. It will also help to enhance your learning experience when you interact with your peers in a timely fashion, rather than studying weeks behind or weeks ahead of your peers.

You must submit your Module Assessments by the deadline given. Failure to do so will incur late penalties. If you do come across issues that may affect your Assessment submission, you must apply for mitigation as per the Academic Regulations.

Interaction with your tutor and peers is key to online learning. You, and your peers, have a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be shared - and you may just know the answer to someone else's problem.

You will also find that there is assessed group work on some modules in this course, which we believe is a key feature to your learning. We appreciate that this will, on occasions, be challenging, but not impossible. We are very experienced in creating the right environment and providing you with the right tools to provide a rewarding and worthwhile experience mirroring many typical workplace situations.

We expect you to maintain the same professional levels of communication that you would employ in your place of work. This includes using proper English - preferably an academic tone - and typing fully.

You are also expected to be polite in your interactions with others, even when you are disagreeing with them.

Learning online

ISPAL

Your teaching will be delivered via a variety of different material that's likely to include pre-recorded audio lectures, interactive presentations and videos, discussion activities, online reading, and group work. For most courses, you will also be required to do your own independent research.

Watch the video below to get an idea of how your modules will look and how to navigate them. Though there will be differences depending on your course, the general structure will be the same.

Image showing a woman using a Mac

Interacting enhances learning - whilst some people may be happy learning entirely on their own, generally you learn by interacting with the world around you, and primarily the people around you.

Remember that when participating in your course you are representing yourself in a professional environment, and it is important that you treat everybody you interact with online with respect.

The University's Code of Conduct provides guidance to ensure that online communication works well for everyone on the course.

Image of a group of students talking in front of red brick building

Assessment submissions

You will usually be required to submit your assessments online. For most modules you may be asked to submit your work via Turnitin. This is a piece of software used to review student work to check for possible plagiarism and generate 'originality reports'.

There are many more Turnitin guides available.

Late submissions

There are standard penalties for late submission of your work where you do not have any form of extenuating circumstances.

For more information of the penalties for late submission of course work please contact your Course Administrator.

Ressessment

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you may be eligible for reassessment. You will need to make sure you are aware of the relevant reassessment process (e.g. whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment / when it will take place / what the deadline is).

You will be advised by your module tutor regarding reassessment. You are advised to contact your course leader, course administrator or support tutor for any necessary clarification.

A student sitting at a desk in a library with a laptop in front of him

We understand the importance of being able to thrive in a digital society, and want you to be equipped with the necessary digital skills.

These can include:

  • Using word processing and presentation softwares;
  • Using online communication tools and softwares; and
  • Conducting yourself online safely and securely.

To support the development of these capabilities, Skills for Learning offer interactive workshops, alongside self-study booklets.

Google for Education also offer a variety of free lessons on Applied Digital Skills.


Your teaching will be delivered via a variety of different material that's likely to include pre-recorded audio lectures, interactive presentations and videos, discussion activities, online reading, and group work. For most courses, you will also be required to do your own independent research.

Watch the video below to get an idea of how your modules will look and how to navigate them. Though there will be differences depending on your course, the general structure will be the same.

ISPAL

Interacting enhances learning - whilst some people may be happy learning entirely on their own, generally you learn by interacting with the world around you, and primarily the people around you.

Remember that when participating in your course you are representing yourself in a professional environment, and it is important that you treat everybody you interact with online with respect.

The University's Code of Conduct provides guidance to ensure that online communication works well for everyone on the course.

Image showing a woman using a Mac

Assessment submissions

You will usually be required to submit your assessments online. For most modules you may be asked to submit your work via Turnitin. This is a piece of software used to review student work to check for possible plagiarism and generate 'originality reports'.

There are many more Turnitin guides available.

Late submissions

There are standard penalties for late submission of your work where you do not have any form of extenuating circumstances.

For more information of the penalties for late submission of course work please contact your Course Administrator.

Ressessment

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you may be eligible for reassessment. You will need to make sure you are aware of the relevant reassessment process (e.g. whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment / when it will take place / what the deadline is).

You will be advised by your module tutor regarding reassessment. You are advised to contact your course leader, course administrator or support tutor for any necessary clarification.

Image of a group of students talking in front of red brick building

We understand the importance of being able to thrive in a digital society, and want you to be equipped with the necessary digital skills.

These can include:

  • Using word processing and presentation softwares;
  • Using online communication tools and softwares; and
  • Conducting yourself online safely and securely.

To support the development of these capabilities, Skills for Learning offer interactive workshops, alongside self-study booklets.

Google for Education also offer a variety of free lessons on Applied Digital Skills.


A student sitting at a desk in a library with a laptop in front of him

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Code of Conduct

The University's Code of Conduct provides guidance to ensure that online communication works well for everyone on the course.

Leeds Beckett Code of Conduct