Most of us are quite familiar with traditional learning. Going to School/College, entering a class, listening to the teacher, reading course materials and the teacher's note on the board, asking questions and receiving answers, practicing and doing our homework, and finally as the result of all these efforts, learning the subject and completing the class.
Online learning is conceptually the same. However, the format of the above entities and the way you interact with them is different. When you sign up for a class and receive your password, you can enter the class. But unlike traditional classrooms where you have to be at a certain location at a certain time, with Online Learning, you do it from the convenience of your home, and whenever it suits your schedule, so long as the class is in session (typically between 5 to 7 weeks).
You never miss a lesson, because during the class session, whenever you are on the Internet the class is there for you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All these conveniences make Online Learning an excellent vehicle for learning and advancing your Needlecraft skills. However, it should be said that unlike traditional classroom, there is nobody to keep track of your attendance, so you need to have self-discipline. Also, the teacher does not see that puzzled look on your face, so don't be shy to post your question to the Class Discussion Board, which each class has a dedicated one.
A NU class has an introduction page that contains the description of the class project, class outline, information about the size, list of tools and supplies needed, and preparations that you might need to do. In addition to the introduction page, depending on the subject, each class has between two to four lessons. Each class has a direct link to our extensive library of needlework information. Also, each class has its own dedicated Discussion Board. As you work on the class project, if you come up with a question or comment, you can post it to the Class Discussion Board, where the teacher and other students of the same class can view it. Typically, the teacher responds to your posting within a few hours.
Our approach of teaching is to provide extensive and very descriptive instructions, accompanied by many photos that show the in-between-steps as the work on the project continues. In many cases, we explain why we are doing certain thing in a certain way, rather than just following the instructions. That adds to the concept of "teaching and learning" rather than just "doing". In some of our classes, we also take advantage of capabilities that only an online media can provide. Those are video clips, slide shows, and other visual effects such as magnifying glass and "On Mouse Over" objects.
Enrollment Procedure / Class Flow
After you choose your class(es) from the Class List and sign up for them, we send you the enrollment confirmation email. Two days before the class starting date, we send your Class Password(s) via email. You can use your class password to enter in your class, even before the official class starting date. However, you will only see the class introduction page. On the official starting date of the class, which is always a Saturday, the Class Discussion Board and the first lesson opens. Then each week, we post another lesson until all lessons are posted. After that, the class and its Discussion Board will remain open for 4 more weeks, so you have time to catch up if you haven't been able to complete all the lessons on time.
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