These materials have been prepared to give you some advice on eLearning. The flexibility of eLearning means that you can tailor your study to fit with your professional committments and personal responsibilities. You may be surprised to find out that the principles of eLearning are nothing new, they simply apply educational good practice. In many cases it is a matter of using established techniques in the new medium of electronic communication.

eLearning can be undertaken as part of a group or on your own, and communication between you, your peers and your tutor can be a synchronous or asynchronous activity. In the asynchronous mode the absence of face-to-face (real-time) communication means that your tutor has to carefully structure the eLearning activities so that they are easy to follow.

You will find that a module is divided into sections (topics) and each section consists of (at least) an Introduction, Objectives, Resources and a Summary. The Introduction articulates the motivation behind a section - why is it important? - and the Objectives identifies the aim of that section and a series of questions that you should be able to answer, skills that you should have developed and statements about which you can discuss with some authority. You should be able to achieve these by the end of the section.

Resources are provided for each topic. Within the Resources section you will find 'Getting Started' - usually a tutorial or some other introductory activity for those new to the topic, ‘Essential Learning ’ – this is material which must be read – and ‘Hungry Minds’ – additional material to develop a deeper understanding and often required to complete assignments. Please complete the e-Tutorials, they reinforce your learning and allow you to demonstrate your understanding. They also provide a barometer of your progress and many find it highly motivating to know that they are doing well.