It is recommended that these resources be used in supported distance mode. This means that learning occurs outside of a classroom workshop setting with the support and guidance of a qualified facilitator. If you are a distance learner it is important for you to clarify your learning needs and what you hope to achieve with your facilitator. This person will help you identify your needs, develop goals, match your needs to the units of competence and the relevant modules and develop your learning plan. Your facilitator will clarify how you will be assessed and by whom and will contact you at prearranged times to assist and support you as you complete the Workbook.
As a distance learner much of your learning is self-directed. This means that you are responsible for setting your own learning goals and organising your learning so that you achieve these goals. The module Planning for Learning at Work is a good resource for distance learners. As well as helping you to develop a learning plan, it provides a range of strategies to assist you with self-directed and work-based learning as well as helping you to identify how you learn best.
Managing your learningYour Workbook contains a range of learning activities. These activities involve self-assessment and will assist you in your learning and your preparation for formal assessment.
The following study links will assist you in managing your learning:
- Managing time - You will need to plan time to undertake your learning. This may be a regular time each week or you may prefer to do blocks of learning.
- Managing activities - The Workbook contains a range of activities some of which will require you to have access to a phone and a computer and sources of data in the workplace.
- Managing your learning materials - Organise your materials so that you can easily keep track of the resources you need.
- People who can help you learn - Remember that a range of people can help you with your learning including your facilitator, your supervisor, work colleagues and your peers. These people can provide support, assistance and information and assist you in completing activities such as role plays.