“Is the lecturer engaged with the class? How will I grasp the relevant concepts? How are assessments completed and submitted?’ These are all questions that pass through the minds of students when making the decision between face-to-face or online study.” – Naomi Borg
When you think of studying Hospitality or Tourism, maybe you’re picturing field trips to popular attractions or classes held in training restaurants. But, did you know that you don’t actually have to study face-to-face to get the quality education you want?
These days, people prefer consuming information on the internet than anywhere else, so online research is already in their skill set. Plus, education providers are becoming expert in delivering courses online, using a huge range of creative and interactive multi-media options.
As a result, online and blended learning options have now been shown to deliver results just as good as (and sometimes better than!) traditional face-to-face learning.
Naomi Borg is studying Hospitality Management at William Blue. She’s been doing her course online, and she’s been acing it. She’s got some myths to bust about online learning and a few helpful hints for other students who are considering going online. We caught up with Noami to hear what she has to say about studying online with William Blue.
You don’t have to compromise on quality
Some common misconceptions around online study have been that face-to-face experience is rewarding and that the knowledge obtained from studying subjects online is less in-depth. Today we’re busting these myths surrounding online study to give you a real insight into the true benefits of studying online.
Flexibility actually means more time
Students today are seeking flexibility at universities. Between juggling work, sport and extra-curricular activities, (and attempting to have somewhat of a social life), there isn’t a massive amount of time left to make the seemingly endless commute to class, where more time is spent on travel than actually learning.
With online study, this disappears. There is no allocated timeslot for learning, no need to spend hours on public transport, really, and you don’t even need to leave your bedroom. With a quiet space and your computer, you’re set. It’s an instant learning environment.
Online study doesn’t mean less content
A common misconception surrounding online study is the lack of detail within the course itself. In actual fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. When you study online, an entire semester worth of information is available from day one.
There’s no need to wait for the lecturer to make modules available and provide content, you literally have the entire course information at your fingertips.
Never miss a class again
Power-point presentations are provided that are written by the lecturers, and all online collaborative sessions are recorded. So, if you miss out viewing it live there’s no stress, you can just view it in your own time.
The magic of the Online Portal
Probably the best thing to come from online study is the portal itself. It’s available from any screen; be that a computer screen, tablet or phone. You can access it any time, anywhere.
The portal has many features, including an online library, discussion forums, online textbooks, and collaborative sessions to name a few. It’s being updated continuously to ensure that the students have technology of the highest quality at their fingertips.
Don’t be scared
Online study doesn’t seem so scary now, hey? All that’s left is to try it out for yourself. Just remember; studying online doesn’t mean you’re further away from the answers you need. It’s just a different route to the same result.
What Hospitality and Tourism courses are available online at William Blue?
William Blue offers a range of fully accredited online courses in Hospitality and Tourism, including Bachelor and Associate degrees, and diplomas. You can choose to study 100% online or a blend of online and face-to-face in these courses:
Hospitality and Hotels
- Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management)
- Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality Management)
- Diploma of Business (Hospitality Management)
Tourism and Travel
- Bachelor of Business (Tourism Management)
- Associate Degree of Business (Tourism Management)
- Diploma of Business (Tourism Management)
See here for any more information about the courses on offer and how to apply.
Remember, you don’t have to make any decisions alone. Our course and careers advisor service can help you figure out if online, blended or face-to-face learning will work better for you. Get in touch with one of our friendly staff to find out more.