BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE – 2018 UK Parliamentary Review
UK Versity Online is an online further education training provider based in Manchester, although its presence spans the nationwide in digital form. Recognising the difficulties of academic life – be they geographic, temporal or financial – the company has sought to bring education to the learner rather than the other way around, as is customary. Here to highlight best practice in this hugely important sector is the principal and director of UK Versity Online, Ramanjeet Singh.
For many people who desire to seek further education after they’ve started working, the prospect of putting their career on hold in order to make time for their studies is an instant deal-breaker; it’s even harder for those living abroad. However, more and more options are becoming available for those who want to work while they study, and UK Versity is utilising the spoils of the modern world to offer just that. Technology has already changed the way that we study and gain education; now it is changing the way education is delivered. The days of sitting in a classroom and staring at a blackboard are long gone. Now, you can study online, with tutors providing ongoing support.
Technology has a huge impact on nearly every sector of life. It’s changed the way we produce, consume and communicate information. As technology and automation are increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives, it is important to develop skills which will enhance your qualifications and experience in today’s job market. Employing the impact of technology in the education sector is where UK Versity makes its mark. Established in 2015 with the mission of providing the Best of British education online, using the advances in technology, UK Versity has since become a global provider of accessible, affordable high- quality courses, that meet the diverse needs of learners and professionals. Over the years their education portfolio has expanded to include accounting, business, computing, digital marketing, human resource management, healthcare, logistics, tourism and teaching courses.
UK Versity is an accredited centre for various prestigious awarding organisations, such as ATHE, Digital Marketing Institute, NCFE, OTHM, Qualifi ltd and Pearson Education. All courses offered to learners lead to a UK university degree or Master’s qualification in the areas of business, computing or healthcare. UK Versity has a supportive, learner- centric approach which provides the flexibility to enter or leave their degree journey at any point, as well as the option to study at their own pace and receive a recognised certificate or diploma for their achievement at every stage.
UK Versity combines technology and education to offer learners an experience that is flexible, interactive and opens doors for the future that they might have otherwise thought closed. More importantly, it is possible for learners to gain their diploma without having to stop working, so it’s possible to continue developing their skills to enhance work experience while earning their qualification.
Methods of communication
Online learning is useful because it allows learners to connect with their tutor at any time, from anywhere in the world. We have learners based on every continent and pride ourselves on being able to work with huge time differences so that none of our learners are constrained by the traditional classroom learning experience. By using technological platforms like webinars, virtual learning environment and smart devices, learners can gain a qualification via distance learning. Furthermore, through online learning they do not just develop their skills in their chosen subject, but they also build on their abilities of using the latest technological tools required by most employers. With access to an abundance of resources and recordings of every lesson, the learner has the freedom to access the teaching and learning material, at any time, fitting their studies around their work and lifestyle. Full support is provided by UK Versity teaching staff using tutorials, emails and webinar discussions.
Using this type of learning system not only allows flexibility of learning, but also means that learners from different time zones can work as a group. The interaction with the tutor, using the many different communication mediums on offer, maintains learner support and provides motivation. Using this technology and its successful implementation, UK Versity Online has been able to achieve completion and achievement rates of over 98.4 per cent across all the programmes offered.
The concept of one job for life has disappeared. Hence, to succeed in our careers, we need to continuously train ourselves. Gaining new skills should not be expensive. 24/7 access to course material and tutors allows flexibility and ease of learning at your own pace. “learn while you earn” is the new mantra, reminding everyone that the two are not mutually exclusive. Our learner management system enables students to access and download course materials. Easy accessibility across devices like smartphones, tablets and computers makes learning easier. From any of these devices, the web meeting platform enables regular interactions with the tutor at a click of a button.
Technology is expanding exponentially today; ever newer and improved delivery platforms will appear. This means UK Versity must continue to learn and develop its staff, forging new and exciting ways in which to communicate learning. Although deadlines for achievement are in place, they’re much less rigid than those of mainstream education. This results in a more relaxed atmosphere throughout the course, which many learners appreciate. UK Versity is expanding its footprint globally and currently in the process of opening satellite centres that will be operational by this September and will bring online education opportunities to learners and professionals in Dubai, Istanbul and Seoul.
We provide personalised tutorials that together have led to high completion rates for learners all over the world. We take pride in saying that 98.4 per cent of our enrolled cohort complete and achieve their qualification. Those living abroad and seeking a British education are increasing in numbers; in a post-Brexit world, they’re also facing an increasing number of challenges. People born
in the UK and those from other countries are faced with increasingly impenetrable barriers: visas to visit here; mounting costs of education; finding sufficient funds to live and work near your college. With UK Versity’s online platform, all you need is sufficient English, suitable access to the internet and an eagerness to learn. As we move forward, we are already adding over 150 new short-courses for learners seeking to gain fast and inexpensive qualifications that will broaden their horizons in the work place; furthermore, many learners are already taking advantage of our MBA top-up programme, giving you the fast and affordable route to a Masters qualification.Download the article here