There are a number of views and perceptions around online learning – we call them myths! We’ll bust some of them for you here.
Click on the arrows at the side of the myth below to see more.
MYTH 1: Online learning is costly
Our fees are structured to represent quality and value for money. We want to be open and transparent about our fees so that you know exactly what is included. There are none of the required overheads associated with attending campus based university, such as travel or accommodation.
It's free to make an application and there are no hidden administration costs. Payment is only required at the point of enrolment, when we will then require a 40% deposit, in some cases only 25%, by the beginning of each term. There are payment plans that offer savings of up to 5% on your course fees.
There are discounts and saving available if you pay up front or early and there are a number of additional options available to support with funding your studies. You can find out more on the Fees and Finance section of the website.Student Loan
Students enrolling onto a part-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme can apply for a loan to support with fees.Career Development Loan
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans available to pay for courses and training that help students with their career or to secure employment.Funding & Allowances
Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for additional funding or an allowance to support with your studies.Sponsorship
If your employer or another sponsor is likely to benefit from your new knowledge and skills, they may be happy to fund your course or make a contribution to your fees.
MYTH 2: Online learning is isolating
From the beginning we are here to support you on your learning journey. You will have a dedicated Online Learner Advisor to provide pastoral guidance, your academic team to support you with your studies and of course all your student peers studying alongside you.
We have a number of online communities (discussion boards and forums) within both programmes and modules along with a Social Hub for all of our online students which will help you share experiences and socialise with students across the world.
But you don't have to just take our word for it:
"Although the course is distance learning there is a lot of support from staff and a good online community amongst students. Great if you are working and have young children to care for too!"
MSc Psychology Student
"The online email support of tutors is great! Quick to respond, open to questions. "
Psychology University Certificate Student
"Great support and interaction with other students and tutors"
Education MA (Leadership and Management) Student
MYTH 3: It's difficult to find the time
Studying online allows you to be in control of fitting your studies around your life. Our learners say that planning is incredibly important, if you plan your study schedule you can fit in online learning.
We recognise that, if you already have a number of responsibilities to meet, adding in time to study can feel like an unwelcome pressure. That is why we provide help and advice on balancing your responsibilities, maintaining your motivation and ensuring you have enough energy in reserve to do well in your studies.
MYTH 4: It's not from a real University
The University of Derby Online Learning is part of the University of Derby, a real university with bricks and mortar. When you study with us, you are a student of the University studying on a university approved course. Our online courses adhere to the guidelines set out by the United Kingdom's Quality Assurance Agency and many are accredited by professional UK bodies.
All our graduating students can come to Derby and join us in celebrating their achievements at the annual graduation ceremony.
Take a look at the highlights from one of our graduation ceremonies:
MYTH 5: It won't be delivered by the University
Unlike some institutions offering online learning, we deliver all of the programmes and modules in house and not through a private provider.
This means that you get the great experience that comes from being part of a University whilst benefitting from staff and academics who are specialists in online learning.
Below you will see just some of the academics we have who are dedicated to supporting online learning.
Dr Pauline Green
Academic Lead in Social Care and Social WorkDr Victoria Kendrick
Academic Lead in ErgonomicsDr Gulcan Garip
Academic Lead in PsychologyDr Barry G Blundell
Senior Lecturer for Computing and Information TechnologyMr Prateek Adhikari
Lecturer in Hospitality, Business, and LeisureDr Cedric Nkiko
Academic Lead for Business