The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on everyday lives, meaning you will likely have had to rethink your ADIT studies. Social distancing measures mean that it may not be possible to study via classroom courses right now, so a lot of ADIT course providers have been working hard to make online and distance learning options available.
There are many factors to consider, so how do you choose the online course that’s right for you? Read our tips on which questions you should be asking.
What is the learning platform like?
Technology can vary between courses and, depending on your preferred learning method, some platforms may be better suited to your needs than others. You should ask how interactive the course will be, whether you will get to communicate with other students and how much support you will get from the tutors. To get a feel for the learning environment, you could ask whether you’re able to access or view a demonstration of the platform.
Is it flexible enough for you?
The current situation has changed everyone’s routines. It might be that you’re now juggling work and childcare at home, and in need of a flexible course you can pick up whenever you have a quiet 30 minutes. Or you may find you need more structure in your week, so you’d prefer a course with fixed sessions. Whatever your preference is, you should ensure that the online course suits your needs.
How successful is the course?
Think carefully about which course provider is best for you. You should research the quality of the course, and experience of the tutors, so that you feel confident you’re getting the best opportunity for success. When you contact course providers, you should ask them about the style, content and success rates of courses, what qualifications the tutors hold, and what their experience is. While you’re researching, contact and compare a range of course providers to gain a better understanding of what’s available.
If you have colleagues or friends who have completed the ADIT qualification, or used the same course provider for another qualification, ask them about their experience. It may not be the same for you, but it will help you get an idea of what standard of support you can expect. You can also use the ADIT Professional LinkedIn group to ask people to share their experience.
How much does it cost?
This may seem like an obvious question to ask, but you need to know exactly what is included in the course fee. Are books and materials provided, or do you need to purchase these separately? Are revision sessions and mock exams included? Does the course offer a pass guarantee?
As students typically pay the ADIT student registration and exam entry fees directly to us, course providers generally do not include these costs within their package.
We don’t control or supervise courses. We are not responsible for their content or conduct, but we expect course providers to provide a high standard of tuition and support. If you have any issues or comments regarding the conduct of a course provider, please contact education [at] adit.org.