Hello fellow ULSM Distance Learners!
The School of Management has recently released new regulations for students registered on post-November 2012 cohorts. In summary, the new regulations will require that students follow a structured timetable of learning – indeed this is a major change to the course method of delivery (existing students will attest to this). A structured timetable ensures that lackadaisical issues do not crop up to hamper a student’s natural progression along the course.
Secondly, the new regulations will not allow extensions to the period of study. This means that students with mitigating circumstances will need to have notified the relevant authority at the School of Management in time and of course will be advised upon approval without which penalties for late submission will automatically apply. Those who are pre-disposed to procrastination can relate to this situation and would perhaps appreciate the new structure.
Another unique feature of the new regulations includes the incorporation of specific Blackboard sites for each module characterized by homogeneous content as well as the same level of support that was on offer prior to this change. Students who hold pre-November 2012 registration will be able to appreciate this format when they embark on their electives because the electives course site on Blackboard is so structured.
Generally, the pros of the new regulations are rather obvious for the diligent student but for the select few (myself included) who frequently suffer from punitive professional schedules, work-related travel and sporadic family circumstances, we shall be highly challenged to stick to the strict timetable deadlines. Yet it is not all doom and gloom because it is all for the greater good: higher education!
I wish all students the very best as they adjust to these changes.