What is Supported Open Learning (SOL)?
One of the most difficult things for students on degree
programmes is the amount of time that is unstructured. Normally we
would expect that students engage in study related activity for 36
hours per week; although you may find that at certain times of year
particularly pre-assessment time you wish to do more than this.
Contact time is much lower than this; for example you may find that
you are timetabled to be with staff for approximately 15 hours in a
particular week, the remainder of the time you are expected to come
into the University to use the library, IT facilities and to
practice treatment techniques.
Non contact time is not 'free' time and students who are
reluctant to spend the non contact time in the University are often
the students who find assessments become difficult. In order to
help you structure your time and to engage in the whole University
experience each module will have a range of supporting material
including activities for you to do which are labelled under the
umbrella 'supported open learning or SOL'. Supported open learning
will be activities designed by the lecturers to help you learn and
will include a range of methods for example you might be asked to
search for and read information or be directed to an article to
read or perhaps asked to practice particular techniques.
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