Frequently Asked Questions - General

How do e learning courses work?

Participants follow a structured course which takes place in stages. Each stage consists of a number of interactive presentations (or nuggets) and quizzes. Each presentation consists of a short interactive video, some of which can be downloaded for use on an ipod or similar. Participants can also ask questions of the tutor in the forum and will be expected to write a short essay to complete the course

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What computer skills do I need?

You do not need a lot of experience with computers to take our e-learning courses. You will, however, need to be familiar with the internet. You should not encounter problems as long as you can use the mouse, scroll, click hyperlinks, operate a play and pause button on audio files, save files, use e-mail, enter text into Web-based forms, and use the internet to access information.

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What equipment do I need?

Internet Explorer 6 or above, Safari 2 or above, Firefox 1 or
Adobe Flash Player
Sound card and speakers

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How does it compare with a real life presentation?

There are advantages and disadvantages.

The advantages are
• flexibility in time and location. Participants can undertake the study at times most convenient to them and do not have to travel to the venue
• flexibility in content. Participants can spend more time on the topics which they find most difficult, without having to spend time dealing with topics on which they are already familiar
• flexibility in pace. If a participant finds a particular comment hard to follow, they can pause the nugget while they let it sink in, and repeat that section as necessary.
• interaction with tutor. Participants in a study course have the ability to ask questions of the tutor in the forum if they need further clarification

The disadvantage is that there is no face to face interaction and as a consequence, participants need a certain amount of discipline to work through the materials. The structured format of the study courses addresses this by requiring certain stages to be completed to deadlines.

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What are the course materials?

Each nugget included as part of a study course is available both as a video with sound, which can be listened to on your computer, and also as text, which you can print off and read. Many of the nuggets also have reference material referred to in the nugget and which can be printed off. For example, the nugget on the cross default clause will refer to the text of a cross default clause, which will also be provided.
For each stage of the course, participants will be given a list of nuggets to listen to, with their corresponding texts and reference material. In most cases, unless the participant is following the "key facts" route, there will also be some compulsory reading, either from the text book for the study course, or from text provided. There may also be additional suggested reading.

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Who do I contact if I have a problem?

Send us an e mail using the contact us form, with details of your problem

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How much time will I need?

If you choose to take the in depth version of a study course it should take between 30 and 40 hours ideally spread over a four to six week period (although we can also accomodate faster or slower progress if agreed with the person organising the course). If you choose to follow the "key facts" route, it should take between 15 and 20 hours over the same period of time. You do not have to elect at the start which version you would like to follow, and move from one to the other as you discover which suits you best.

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