Are you planning to enrol in Peoples-uni?

The use of online learning (e-learning) may be new to you and the teaching and learning approaches may be new to you. The notes below are designed to help you decide if Peoples-uni courses are right for you.


Please note: We want to ensure that you can maximise your learning at the Peoples-uni and it is essential that you have read the resources on this site before you enrol on a module. This site is designed to help you to consider the way that you will be expected to learn online and also the required academic standard.


Do you feel confident in using an online system for learning?

It is worthwhile spending a few minutes thinking about how confident you feel about using tools that are commonly used for online learning.


Keyboard and mouse  
Using word processing software, such as Word  
Creating files and saving documents  
Posting a message on a discussion board  
Learning and studying independently  

Remember - it is useful to ask a friend or colleague for some advice and help in developing these important skills if you do not feel confident.

Please check the information about computer and Internet requirements.

Online learning can be lonely, you do not meet fellow students or tutors face-to-face, so you will have to be prepared for independent study. We will offer all kinds of support and contacts online, as well as a clear timetable for study, but the onus is on you to be a mature, independent student.


Are you prepared for online learning - and do you have the time?


Do you have a time each week that you can have access to a computer and the internet?  
Do you have a specific time each week that you can devote to studying?  

Learning online may be a new experience for you and it is important to spend a few minutes thinking about some of the challenges that you will face. Remember – the most successful online learners have a regular routine in which they spend a specific time each week for studying and arrange to have no interruptions.

The time requirements.
Although everyone learns at a different speed, it is important to remember that the modules/units offered through Peoples-uni are at the Masters level and do require considerable time commitment. You should allow at least 10 hours a week over the course of a semester for a module/unit, and more at the time of assignment writing.

As a student with Peoples-uni, you will learn through reading learning resources, reflecting on how they apply in your country and sharing your reflections with expert tutors and other students. For some people who are new to on-line learning it is worth thinking about how you will tell friends/family.

You will need to commit regular time every week (ideally every day, but be realistic about the best time for you) to study. This will include:

  • Downloading resources
  • Reading the resources
  • Making notes about resources
  • Reading discussion question and other students posts
  • Writing discussion post
  • Reflecting on what you have learnt
  • Preparing assignments

How can you make the best use of all the available learning opportunities in the module?

We all learn in different ways but research has shown that we learn best when we can build up our knowledge from several sources – and that includes the experiences and thoughts of other students.

Please look at a demonstration module – click on the title to see Foundations of Public Health

You will see that there are several learning opportunities provided for you, as in the modules you will find once you enrol:

There are links to several downloadable resources, from articles to Powerpoint presentations.

Remember – the most successful learners read and look at all of the resources.

It is useful to make a summary of the most important points in each of the resources and try to link together what you have found in the separate resources as an overall summary of the topic.

Discussion Forum
The tutor will provide a question to prompt a discussion about the topic. You are expected to actively participate in the discussion since it is an important part of learning that is provided in the module.

We can learn a great deal by reading the messages from other learners who are studying the same topic. Other learners on the module can provide useful information that is not in the topic and sharing your opinions and ideas gives you greater understanding of the topic .

Remember – the most successful learners actively participate in the Discussion Forum

A short quiz is available at the end of many of the topics to allow you to check how well you have understood the information that is covered in the topic. The marks are confidential and only seen by you !

Remember – the most successful learners complete the quiz at the end of each topic.

What standard is expected from me to pass a module?
This course is designed for graduates and set at the Masters level - that is it implies you are able to critically assess, evaluate and synthesise the information presented in the modules. We also expect all students to show that they have understood the content of the module and that they have achieved the headline competences and the learning outcomes that are stated for each module and topic, and to quote references to your work. This should be possible if you have carefully worked through all of the learning opportunities that have been provided!

So – are you ready to enrol?
Once you have read all the resources, and before you apply to enrol with Peoples-uni, you should be sure that you:

  • have read the resources mentioned above
  • are aware of your obligation to actively participate in the module
  • are aware of the required academic standard.

Answer the questions below for yourself:

Are you confident in each of these requirements for online learning?

a. Having regular Internet access
b. Using keyboard and mouse
c. Using word processing software such as Word, and creating files and saving documents
d. Posting a message to a discussion board
e. Taking part in an online discussion and responding to other students' comments
f. Learning and studying independently
g. Have at least 10 hours a week available to devote to online learning
h. A specific time each week that you can set aside to study, with computer access
i. The ability to work at the Masters level - that is ability to be critical and to synthesise and evaluate information and to quote references to your work
j. searching the internet for academic material
k. thinking about the quality of different data sources

Additional Information

You will find useful information in the 'Student Handbook'. Also, please do not forget to consider the course fees.

If you have not yet sent an application form to enrol, please do so - you should first complete the Registration form for new students, and you will see that you will be asked to take some quiz questions before applying to join the course.