Tutorials prove welcome support

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 August, 2005, 12:00am

WHILE DISTANCE COURSES offer the opportunity of studying at your own pace, many still prefer 'blended learning', the combination of face-to-face lessons with self-study.

'There are very few courses that operate successfully without face-to-face lessons. Most students in Hong Kong feel more confident when they can have some explanations of the self-study materials,' said Jason Weatherhead, general manager of Management Learning, the provider of the University of Bradford and the University of Western Sydney's MBA programmes.

Both programmes are primarily distance-taught, with the study materials designed and provided by the two universities. Bradford University's materials are used in a number of countries and created in a coherent manner so students can follow the same method of learning, assessment and the types of exercises for different subjects, Mr Weatherhead said.

Students in Hong Kong, however, are also provided with 20 to 24 hours of tutorials for each subject. Although attendance is not compulsory, Mr Weatherhead said the tutorials served to help students gain personal guidance and support.

'They are somewhat open-ended discussions. It gives people the chance to get questions out.

'Our tutors, who have their qualifications and experience assessed by the universities, will refer questions they cannot answer to the university tutors.

'Students also want to know how to take the materials and apply them to the assessment exercises,' he said.