WHAT IS SELF-PACED LEARNING ?
Self-paced learning is becoming increasingly popular, flexible and accessible as education evolves, with learning continuing to move online and away from traditional frameworks and settings.
With self -paced learning a student can set their own study schedule. They do not need to keep pace with other students taking a course and so can learn at their own comfortable speed. This means that a student can move through course units, exercises and assignments quickly or take their time depending on their learning style and preference. Students are not held back by others and have increased tutor attention which would not be possible in a competitive and busy classroom setting.
Self-paced learning removes the need for live training at set times and locations and as a result can reduce pressure placed on both students and tutors. Less pressure results in higher subject retention for students and freedom for tutors to mark assignments and give feedback for exercises more effectively. Self-paced learning allows students to choose times to study when they feel they are at their most focused with the ability to eliminate personal distractions. Self-paced learning is ideal for students who cannot commit to attending a class or live training due to work patterns or changing commitments. The pressure to be online and ready for zoom type live training is also removed, which can be intimidating for students attempting to gain confidence. Self-pacing allows students to access pre-recorded video materials at their leisure, whilst still having interactive options with their tutor.
ASYNCHRONOUS & SYNCHRONOUS
The instructor, learner and other students are not engaged in the learning process at the exact same time. There is interaction between the student and tutor in the form of one to one support but the student does not need to wait for other students to complete tasks. A tutors assistance can be swift if they are online at the same time or a student may need to wait for a reply to an email or submitted assignment once a tutor has received it. Tutors inform students of their working hours at the beginning of a course, so students know how and when to expect a response.
Synchronous learning involves real time live interaction with tutors in the form of live video conferencing. Tutors do offer synchronous live training in the form of one to one support that can be purchased in addition to a self-paced course, this type of additional training is subject to application and a tutor’s schedule and is not included in a standard course fee. Tutors have limited availability, packages start from £325 for additional live training and can only be purchased in conjunction and alongside a specific self-paced course that is advertised. For further information about application please email email@example.com .
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BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS
Less pressure more retention*
Ideal for different learning styles
Removes scheduling and location issues
Course access via different devices.
Enhanced tutor feedback.
Option to recap content
60% faster learning curve*
Efficient use of time
Study from home
*Online learning can increase subject retention by 25% to 60% during research undertaken by WR Hambrecht & Co 2000
To work as an effective part of a team a trained actor must prepare and work upon their skill sets independently. Actor’s preparation often requires periods of self-study and enhancement exercises for character, script and project work. With self-paced courses a tutor functions as an audience, acting coach and often director as a student works through set exercises which develop understanding and skill through self- discipline and motivation.