Immerse yourself in Online Learning as part of a Global Community
As a part-time distance learning student at CREST, you will work within a community of tutors and fellow students throughout your studies. A blend of multi-media resources, computer-based simulations, directed assignments and tutor feedback combine to give you the best possible online learning experience.
LEARN is Loughborough University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will find a rich blend of learning resources to help you with your studies. It also allows you to be become part of a team, share experiences and establish contacts by participating in on-line discussions about individual topics or to work with fellow students on group projects.
All REST MSc Modules consist of a series of Study Units, each covering a specific subject area and include: -
- On line study materials, including presentation slides and study notes in PDF format.
- Lectures live streamed from Loughborough and recorded for viewing at your convenience.
- Virtual and remote laboratories.
- On line Tutorials, assignments and computer aided assessments.
- Access to past exam papers for revision and exam preparation.
As you work through the course, you will be required to complete tutorial assignments. Whilst these do not form part of your formal summative assessment, they will enrich your understanding of the study topics. By uploading assignments onto the LEARN VLE, you will obtain tutor feedback and build a portfolio of your progress. You can also use discussion forums, specialist tutor groups, e-mail or telephone to receive advice or discuss relevant topics of interest.
In 2014 CREST launched the ‘world’s most advanced’ PV Remote Lab for distance learners.
This ground-breaking laboratory enables REST MSc distance learning students from around the world to remotely control, investigate and analyse PV device performance under a range of experimental conditions. Experiments can be conducted from students’ own computers, wherever they may be, allowing them to observe the experiment in real time for themselves via the laboratory webcam.
The project was part funded by the University’s Distance Learning Development Fund and Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS), with help and support from National Instruments and SCITEK Consultants Ltd.
As a postgraduate student you will receive guidance and support, but it is important to recognise that you are expected to drive your own learning.
Therefore, our students should be:
- Capable of coping with complex issues both analytically and creatively
- Able to apply originality in tackling and solving problems.
- Capable of dealing with competing demands by managing their time
- Willing to work with CREST staff to create a realistic study plan alongside their other commitments.
Each module will require approximately 10 hours of study per credit unit (including exams and preparation) so it is important to factor this into your study plan.
As a first step, identify which modules are available in each semester. It is important that you do not register for more modules than you can cope with, particularly in your first semester of study. For this reason, we do not recommend that you undertake more than two modules in your first semester. Our learning support team can help you with producing a pathway to completing your MSc.
Outside the tutor-supported periods, students are expected to follow the material in self-study (non-supported) mode.
Our aim is to provide students with the necessary tools to succeed as well as offering guidance and support throughout the learning process.
Feedback is essential to the learning process and is therefore one of the main features of our distance learning approach. Feedback enables you to progress effectively with your studies by answering two basic questions:
How am I doing?
How can I improve?
Feedback takes the form of constructive advice sent to you by your tutor when you have submitted each assignment. There are also opportunities for you to receive advice about areas of concern related to the subjects you are studying but not specifically related to your assignments.
Sharing experience and establishing contacts is also an important aspect of the course. Via the LEARN portal, you will be able to participate in on-line discussions about individual topics or work with fellow students on group projects.
We also have a dedicated distance learning team who are available to help with any problems, concerns or queries you might have about your studies.