WINC Online is the online/distance learning wing of Western International College, exclusively set up to afford potential students the option of pursuing accredited qualifications without compromising on their work or family schedules. Courses offered through WINC Online are in partnership with awarding bodies or Universities and taught and assessed to the same standards as those offered through traditional modes.
In today’s busy lifestyle, going to a physical campus is not the best method for all students. Online learning is increasingly attractive to a broader spectrum of individuals seeking professional development. In addition, with the increased use of smartphones for all activities, online learning has become mobile.
Unlike most online degree programmes, where most interaction between teachers and students happens asynchronously, the WINC online delivery system allows regular contact sessions in a synchronous mode between the student and teacher. This happens during the weekly module lecture and tutorial session which is scheduled once every week (just like in a traditional college/University) and conducted via a sophisticated video and audio conferencing system. However, unlike traditional mode, a student can ´attend´ the class from anywhere in the world as long as he/she has access to a computer with internet access! These sessions are conducted at pre-scheduled times to the students. And what´s more – Students who cannot attend these sessions can retrieve these lectures as they will be recorded. In addition to this, students can talk one on one to the faculty members during their scheduled office hours to resolve doubts/queries.
Learning Facilities and Technology Resources
Most modules will combine assigned readings from textbooks and other materials, online exercises, problems, or activities put together by the instructor, interactive discussions on cases, situations, or questions posed by the instructor, and assigned group or individual projects or papers. In addition to the live lecture delivery mentioned above, all courses are supported using Moodle, an integrated course management- system. Students have access to these resources through the term and can download and print them as needed. In a normal week, students will be expected to complete the assigned readings from the textbook and other resources, go over the lecture notes/lecture recordings, participate in the asynchronous discussion boards, and attend the virtual lectures and tutorial sessions. The student should have the required technology for the smooth delivery of the programme.
Online education has a number of benefits
Online learning or eLearning gives time flexibility. You can join the live sessions from anywhere in the world using a laptop, tab or a smartphone.
Choice / Accessibility
Online learning allows Universities like Lincoln, who have excellent reputations, to be accessible to individuals who cannot relocate physically without incurring expensive costs of commuting
There are opportunities to network with peers from all over the world. Online learning is considered as an isolated system, but this is not the case. Friends can be made connections with individuals in work may be able to assist with career choices and progression, information sharing and providing references. The students on online programmes will not necessarily be young individuals as is the norm in a lecture room setting.
Online Education is far more cost effective than on campus studies. This is particularly true for those achieving exemptions through other learning. Ever increasing tuition fees can result in thousands of pounds of debt at the end of studies, online studies can contribute to alleviating that debt substantially.
Online education allows professionals to continue their careers whilst working towards a degree. This reduces the need to take scheduled time off, which most individuals need to achieve through special leaves, using holiday allowance or unpaid leave.
There are opportunities to learn from the best and brightest individuals in your area of interest / field. Lecturers from across the world with specialised knowledge and skills will deliver and be involved in your learning process.