For me, while I was looking out for the university to take my online sessions with, I discovered something about UCLan which resonated with the business I work with-- the heritage, the history.
The company I work with in Nigeria was Royal Niger Company that was set up in 1876.
And UCLan is 1828. And [? a ?] [? connection ?] between UCLan and the company I worked with seemed to be almost same-- British background, and all of that.
But for me, the transitioning which my organization went through is similar to what UCLan went through. So I just believe that the organization is going to be rich in culture and history. You know what the company and the university is doing. And then the tagline, "opportunity for all," actually pulled me in.
And the other one-- "opportunity for all, wherever you are, whenever you are in life, there's always a way." That was a big one for me. That was what did it.
And aside from that, the fact that it's flexible, like Michelle said-- the flexibility, for me, on the lecture times, and most of the materials are online, and also for the flexibility of [? payments and fixed time in September, when school starts in September, and then we had the modular aspect. I got to speaking with the salesperson-- I just had a call, and then we were able to-- he answered a lot of my questions, and so that just did it for me.
But for me, I just summarize that as self-paced learning, because the Canvas, yes, is very interactive. You can go back and forth on it, and then go back to the assignments and respond to the questions, or to the pages where you're expected to put in your own comments. And then you can go back to it learn, connect to the library, see your reading list, like you mentioned.
Well, why did I do this way? How could I do it better? And all of that. So personally, it has helped my personal life and professional life, in both ways. The great one
I think I appreciate the fact that I opted for the MSc programme online in Human Resource Management.
So I would definitely say, before you start studying, just make sure you've got time in your week or your weekend to be able to set aside for this, because there's quite a lot of assignments to do, and what you need to do when you study-- and this is always my kind of thought process on it-- is you need to enjoy the studying, and not let the stress take over.
Yeah. There will be an expected level of stress when you studying, like there is with a lot of things that you do. But you still got to have that enjoyment.
You must be determined and focused about what you want to achieve. Because you know, it's online.
You have your time to yourself. But at the same time, if you don't want to-- if you're not determined, you will not be able to quickly overcome the frustrations that come with online study. Because you are there by yourself, and although your interaction [? is ?] [? an ?] [? aspect ?] of study, or you are interacting with the Canvas, and you can read, ask questions-- but with the volume of work that you have to do-- and it's very interesting.
As you're reading it, you can put-- it comes alive, and you're interacting at work with people, and even outside of work, in your community you can see changes. So for me, you have to be open to learning from others, and also be open to learn new things by yourself and overcome your challenges quickly. If not, if you look at the bulk of what you have to do and align-- aside the time you have, then you may be quick to dispense of it, or dispose of it, or walk away from it.
But if you are able to see it as a part of life and create a time and be focused at-- begin with the end in mind, really, and understand that this is going to take some commitment and dedication from you, then you find that-- I think I'm in a better place now, from September till now. So it's much better for me, what I have experienced. So its determination and the focus on achieving my goals.
On the Canvas, there are some supports that you receive about [? regimental ?] study skills. I went through all of that at the beginning of the course, and I tell you, it really helped me-- especially the reflective learning, the mini videos
that are there. It takes you through.
So going back to it now, it's actually-- I was a bit nervous at the beginning, but it's enabled me to [? settle. ?]
So I'll suggest that students should interact with the Canvas and video by video, dedicate time and go back to it. And watch it to help you in your study.
Thank you, Brett, for the time.
On our program.
And it's not always possible for me to get there, but they are recorded.
So you can go back and see what the discussions were all about.
But it just helps to ask questions, build up relationships with the tutor.
And for me, they've been priceless, really, in terms of management, expectations, ideas-- you know, sharing best practice, that kind of thing. So I've really enjoyed the webinars.
The course advisors have been really helpful in some challenging times with some of these assessments. So they've been good. And the tutors-- one of the tutors arranged for a Teams chat with me, and we had a look at one of these assignments in a little bit more depth.
Just be open to learn. Once you open to learn, and you don't mind-- you know, initially, the work pressure will come to you, because you are learning to manage the time with your work, your life, your family, and juggle all these balls. So the best practice, I would say, is to first become-- be open to learning, and begin to work with others, with openness of mind and the determination to do well.