What platforms and digital delivery tools are used?
We use Moodle VLE (virtual learning environment), a web-based platform for the digital aspects of courses of study where present resources, activities and interactions are hosted. The course content is made available to you for the duration of the course and for 10 working days after the course completion. Instructions on how to sign up to the VLE are provided ahead of the course start date.
Zoom is used to deliver the online sessions. It is a videoconferencing platform that enables the live delivery of the lectures and workshop, collaboration via chat, live participation through polls and breakout rooms for working remotely in groups. Tech support is provided during each session to ensure any technical difficulties are addressed. Links to Zoom sessions are provided ahead of the course start date.
Miro is the online collaborative whiteboard platform used for the workshop part of the online delivery. We can share information and brainstorm ideas. Participants work in groups and can share notes, post images, videos and links without the constraints of physical location, meeting space, and whiteboard. Links to the Miro boards that will be used during delivery are provided ahead of the course start date.
We use Slack to enable quick communications among the participants and the delivery team during the course activities. Slack is a channel-based messaging platform that enables working together more effectively all within a secure, enterprise-grade environment.
What equipment/software will I need?
The technology requirements to attend our online courses is minimal:
- Latest version of web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
- A computer with a camera and a microphone
- A stable broadband connection is highly advised so make sure you are working close to a strong WiFi signal (if using a tablet or smartphone) or your computer is connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable.
How long is an online course?
Typically, our online short courses vary in duration between three and five half-days. Each half day corresponds to one online class.
How long is an online class?
Typically, a class lasts for three hours including a 15 minute break halfway through. The class is live so participation at the set times is essential. We recommend logging on five minutes before the scheduled start, to ensure your equipment and tools work.
What time zones are the classes delivered in?
Participants from all around the world are welcome to attend our online courses. The times listed for each live course are UK time, so please ensure to adapt the times to your local timezone to ensure you can attend. You can check online on a website, e.g. World Time Buddy.
Who teaches on the short courses?
The tutors for the short courses range from academics teaching on the full-time degree courses at Royal College of Art to graduates, PhD students and professionals who have gone on to develop their expertise outside the college and within industry. All our tutors are experienced in teaching a wide range of people and understand the practical needs of business. For further information please refer to the course descriptions.
How many people are on each short course?
We try to keep classes small. Typically when delivered on campus, each course usually has between 7 and 20 delegates so that every delegate gets as much individual attention from the tutor as they need depending on the subject matter and complexity of the course. When the course is delivered online, the numbers usually vary between 15–30 delegates.
When will I receive the course timetable?
The course timetable will be sent with the joining instructions five to seven days before the course start date.
Can I get reading lists or further course information before the start date?
The joining instructions that include the timetable and reading lists (if relevant) seven to ten days before the course start date.
Can I record the lectures/presentations?
Some tutors may upload powerpoint presentations or Zoom recordings of their talks on the VLE for a limited amount of time (10 working days), but others may not wish to, or may not be able to provide these owing to copyright issues with some images and/or the unpublished nature of ongoing research. For these reasons we ask students not to use film or sound recording devices. Always check with the course leader, as it may be possible to take photographs of key slides.
Can I have copies of the lectures?
The speakers and lecturers reserve the right to protect their intellectual property and may not be able to share copies of their lectures with you. However, some might be in a position to share select materials in PDF format. In any case, we strongly encourage you to bring a notebook/laptop and capture the content in note format throughout.
Can I get a certificate of online attendance?
Certificates of online attendance in PDF format are sent by the course administrators within a week of course completion to all delegates that have attended the course. Please note that this does not represent a formal qualification from the RCA.
Please note: RCA short courses are not a series of lectures and require active commitment and engagement. In order to complete the course you must attend all sessions, undertake the homework assignments and participate in the group work throughout. If you do not attend and participate in the sessions, then you may no longer be give access the course resources, such as recordings, reading materials and Miro boards.