Frequently Asked Questions
Are the degrees/qualifications the same as those offered on campus?
Yes, the standards of the qualifications offered online and on-campus are equivalent. All qualifications are the awards of the internationally recognized awarding bodies/Universities. When learners complete their B.Sc/MBA their diploma and university transcript will say “BSc (Hons) Business Management”/”Master of Business Administration,” just like learners who earn the B.Sc/MBA on campus.
Who are the faculty teaching on the online programmes?
Online courses are developed and taught by qualified faculty. All of the faculty members are approved by the Awarding Body/University before teaching on the programme. Every faculty member holds at least a Master’s Degree or above in a field related to the subject he/she teaches. Most faculty also have significant teaching and industry experience.
Are the courses self-paced?
The top-up online/distance learning Bachelor and Masters programmes/courses are not self-paced. Each course begins on a fixed day at the start of a semester and ends on the last day of a semester. Most modules are normally delivered over 1-2 semesters (each semester is approximately 3-4 months in duration). Students will have a course schedule with assignments due throughout the term on specified dates.
The ATHE programmes at Levels 3, 4, 5, and 7 are self-paced over a specific duration. Support is provided through a personal tutor and access to online materials. There are no live lectures for these programmes.
Will I need to travel abroad to complete my degree?
No. Learners will not be required to leave their home countries. They can complete their qualification/degree staying at home.
What is it like to take an online class?
In a typical online course, the faculty will have an online syllabus that outlines the assignments and course activities on a weekly schedule. Most courses will combine assigned readings from text books and other materials, online exercises, problems, or activities put together by the faculty, interactive discussions on cases, situations, or questions posed by the faculty, and assigned group or individual projects or papers. In a normal week, learners will be expected to attend the live lectures and tutorials, complete the assigned readings from the text book and other resources, go over the lecture notes, live interactive audio meetings provided and participate in the asynchronous discussion boards. In certain weeks assignments may be due. These have to be turned in on time to avoid penalty.
How can there be discussions in an online environment?
Online interaction can be done through “chat” or “real time interactive audio conversations” with the faculty and other learners in the class”.
How can I ask the faculty questions?
Learners can meet with faculty members and ask questions during assigned office hours through live interactive audio meetings. Learners can use email to communicate directly with the faculty, who will usually respond within a day or so.
Will students be able to access the university library?
Students will have access to the University electronic library via the internet, including a large database of research engines and full-text materials. Students will receive an ID number that will allow access to these materials.
What computer hardware and software do I need?
Learners will need access to a reliable internet service provider with at least a 256 Kbps connection speed (preferable a 1 Mbps connection speed), headphones with mike, and an email account that supports attachments. All learners will be required to go through a comprehensive induction programme that will enable them to get comfortable with the online mode of study. Technical help for the synchronous web conferencing technology used to deliver live classes as well as the Moodle platform will be available 24/7 online and by telephone (at fixed times).
Where can I take the final exams?
A list of approved proctor sites will be made available to the students. Some of the proctor sites where exams can be taken include WINC OL support colleges and the British Council offices in approved locations.
What help is available to me and how can I avail it?
Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor, usually a faculty member who is responsible for offering time to the students to discuss pastoral support. The sessions could be a mix of group and individual and is an opportunity for students to discuss any issues they may be having with the course or in their personal lives. These sessions are to help students feel supported during their studies. Further, there is a helpdesk where the learners can seek assistance or raise concerns – firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I get started?
- Fully filled and signed application form
- Attested copies of academic qualifications
- At least one letter of reference
- Confirmation of photographic identity in the form of Passport copy/copies of work permit/labour card for identification
- Evidence of acceptable proficiency in English language by way of an IELTS test or other internationally recognised testing.
What kind of computer skills do I need?
You will need moderate IT Skills, you should have access to a word processing and spreadsheet package and should be comfortable with tools such as inserting simple tables, bullet points, simple graphs etc. You will need to be comfortable using the internet and open to learning new software packages as part of the course. Your induction will give you guidance on how to access the virtual classroom, online library, and the resource portal.