Reflective Account of Your Experience in an Online Learning Environment

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Introduction The approach in this essay will be to dip into some firsthand experience of an online learning course in the accountancy sector. A number of models around the delivery of professional accountancy courses were experienced over a number of years. The essay will critically examine one case in particular, discussing and assessing the learning environment while also critically evaluating standards and best practice. The Learning Environment Case Study My first experience of a comprehensive online learning course was while undertaking a repeat taxation course with a private college for one of the larger accountancy bodies a number of years ago. The approach was new and it was a change from the prior semester lectures undertaken through the onsite part time evening and weekend course from February to June. There was a long revision weekend (Friday to Sunday) and mock exam in May, followed by final exam in June. The repeat course (September to December) was delivered through online lectures and distance learning for a reduced fee (in parallel to the standard course but starting two weeks later) finishing with the same revision process. One would assume the idea was that as students were somewhat familiar with the topic first time around, they could cherry pick online lectures to log on to, as well as reduce attendance numbers onsite and course costs. There was a brief introductory onsite face to face tutorial where we collected our materials comprising a combination of books, questions and sample answer bank. We were then given a demonstration on Moodle, shown where to find materials followed by question and answer session. We were told that the next onsite classes would be for revision and mock in November and we had the fac... ... middle of paper ... ...ents/publications/effectivepracticeelearning.pdf (Accessed online 26/04/2014). MOOC. (2014). Massive Open Online Courses aggregator (directory). (Accessed online 28/04/2014). Neal, L. and Miller, D. (2005). The basics of e-learning an excerpt from handbook of human factors in web design. E Learn Magazine. (Accessed online 26/04/2014). Pennsylvania State University. (2013). Faculty Peer Review of Online Teaching (Accessed online 29/04/2014). Quinn, D. (2013). 40 Technologies for the Classroom at CESI Workshop (Computers in Eduaction Society of Ireland) 23 February 2013 (Accessed online 27/04/2014).

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