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Level 7: A quick guide to web learn


Students who commit to the Level 7 in Early Childhood studies will study the degree through blended learning where a large proportion of study is completed online. Distance learning has become a very popular study option among busy adults. It gives learners the opportunity to study where everything is central, to hand and online - tutor support, assessments, online library facilities and notes.   We are delighted to share this snapshot with potential Level 7 learners to demonstrate the simplicity of the system together with the online support elements in place to ensure that learners get the best grades across the programme.

Web learn is an online virtual learning environment platform which has been designed to support and enhance student learning. Learners have access to web learn with their own log in and password. As a starter and to get a good grasp for web learn we encourage students to ask questions and to navigate through the online materials to get a real feel for the system. Students will have direct access to the list of all modules registered for.

Getting started with a module – What is displayed?

• An overview of the module shown in a grid format demonstrates what will be covered
• Week to week materials to be covered - for example: week 1 – aims for the week, key readings, tasks to be completed 
• Learning’s outcomes
• Assessment details 
• Recommended reading 
• Assignments due dates
• Informative draft feedback for your tutor to review
• Tutorial days

Some key features:

A weekly task: every week tasks are different and are designed to encourage reflection or further reading on a particular topic and also to help with assignments. This will show exactly what should be covered week to week so you are always in full control as you progress through the online content, with clear concise indicators when tutorials are held and assignments are due so you are always on track.

Discussion boards: some learners feel that online study can be a lonely experience? With discussion board this aims to counteract this concern where you as a learner are encouraged to post reviews on these online discussion boards to an audience of peers and tutors. It is the perfect platform to introduce yourself, get to know other learners while discussing key topics.

Working with your tutor online: one of the most important things as an online student is to communicate with your tutor to get the most out of your learning. They are a support system put in place to help students to complete their degree. You will receive full information on when you can contact your tutor and their available hours. They are there to help you to get the best grade possible and to help with any queries and to also give informative feedback on your assignments.

Portobello Institute, being a small institution means personal attention and support is fundamental to what we do and we fully understand the importance of support for study at degree level. As a rule, in support of the online learning we have a programme manager in place for the department, and every student is assigned a tutor for one to one support for each module.

To find out more about the BA Early Childhood Studies Level 7 degree call Jennifer Matteazzi on 01 8920031 or email

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