I love studying with Arden. It's at my own pace, in my own time, and fully accessible no matter the time of day. I was nervous returning to education as a mature student, but have to whole heartedly say that the experience has been superb, and feel a valid and welcome student treated with full support, and encouragement to make the best of myself. The tutors and support teams are excellent. I really can't knock anything!
Weekly updates of new jobs, openings coming up, plus coaching for career goals in all forms - I can't think of any recommendations to impove the service offered.
On-line modules, seminars, recorded sessions, adobe sessions, study skills modules, learning tutorials, zoom meetings, all media really plus have access to a wide range of support and access to platforms for study materials. Every option is catered for. I think it's fabulous!
Accessibility of all platforms is excellent - whether joining lessions, on-line lectures, access to materials and external libraries
Every option is covered. I have had support following a diagnosiswith epilespsy and found out more about my condition and possible impacts from the SEN team. The speed of response from all departments is superb, whether student support, IT, Libraries support, Tutors, other student groups, and there is such a focus on well being and platforms to ensure the right support is literally at your fingertipe.
Overall I have had a challenging but dynamic learning experience with Arden University Distance Learning Program. As a Professional I can manage between my career and studies as they provide options where I can review my class sessions if missed. The Staff and Tutors are so helpful and share a wealth of experience and knowledge. I am definitely enjoying my learning experience with Arden!
My Arden Distance Learning experience is Awesome! It is extremely challenging but the curriculum and online ilearn system makes learning so much easier. The faculty and Student services are readily available to assist with any issues I had and always willing to guide me along the way. I would definitely advise anyone to take the Arden challenge and achieve quality education!
I chose arden over the OU because of the flexbility and they had the course closer to what I wanted to do. There are well-meaning and engaged people in the support, which you need, as the notes are riddled with errors (english as well as factual) and you have to organise your own exam venues, which in my case I was informed of a week before the exam. Unfortunately cannot at all compare to my experience at bricks-and-mortar university of Bristol. Update 2020: The pandemic, if anything, has unfortunately made service and support at arden worse, despite being a university specialised in distance learning. Tutors switch during courses, without students being informed, feedback on drafts is not given and grading guidelines applied inconsistently as the tutor sees fit. Feedback from students does not appear welcome. 1 extra star for those tutors who do try very hard, but are in the minority.
applied psychology courses such as educational, organisational and applied social and developmental psychology the support is not good, particularly since the pandemic, there is hardly any
the online library is good
its distance so none
when student support is not totally overloaded they are really good and they try hard
I wanted to say that I'm new to the University, I don't have much experience yet so I can say a lot about the University. Mainly because of the Corona virus, we now only have an online class. But what I can say is that we have great tutors and I'm very happy that I'm at this university right now.
Career service activities - lectures work placements developing skills
We got online library
distance from centre is so close, transport links is very good.
We got mental wellbeing
abysmal. shocking. ridiculous. awful. appalling. atrocious . They have audacity to vcall themselves a university and claim that they are giving people a future, when they are actually taking money and not doing their jobs. so good luck
you wont pass your course so lol
I did healthcare Management with Arden. The first year was great, only a few hick ups with it being a brand new university. Staff were great and I enjoyed the course and the other students. However in my second year I transferred to do my course as a distance course from home, due to personal reasons back at home. They said this was ok, that I would get an online tutor that I can message for advice and to check that Im on the right track with my studying, for a whole year I had no tutor and no one to help. I emailed weekly, I called...nothing. so Alas I failed my first half of the assignments for the year and gave up on the rest. I also got no financial help whatsoever in my second year...and now they really expect me to pay or 3 years of nothing. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND! ESPECIALLY AS A DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE!! NO TUTORS AND NO HELP WHAT SO EVER!!!!!
no help with studies. no help with financial support. only good at sending you useless emails and demanding money for a job they didnt do!!
yeah lucky its in the city centre i guess....
NO HELP FOR A WHOLE YEAR! NO TUTOR. NO ADVICE, NO FINANCIAL HELP. just an absolute joke tbh!
Arden University has gone beyond my expectations. Due to their accreditation by the British Psychological Society I expected a certain level of quality. In addition, I expected the university to be well structured in terms of their online platform since that is part of their 'trademark'. What I did not expected and where the University has outdone my expectations (happily) is the how well it is guided. The lectures are super interesting and leave plenty of space for questions and discussion. Yet even if questions arise or subsequent information is wished for when lectures have already passed then still your are more than welcome to drop an email which might lead to some interesting insights to your inquiry. In addition, there's excellent guiding to help you into the world of academic writing and sharpen your skills in both critical thinking and writing. Something you take with you for all your life!
Great lectures and great contact with the lecture tutors themselves. In addition, extensive support is offered for students covering academic writing, study skills and overall wellbeing.
- Advanced online learning platform. - In general, the university is well structured in terms of: module designs tutor-student communication assessment organization student support
Overall I am satisfied. Online lectures about the subject matter could improve the experience for distant learners. There are a number of typos in the online reading material and some links to videos and websites don't work, and still don't work after they have been reported. The iLearn platform does not offer a great user experience, however, they are however in the process of upgrading the site, so looking forward to seeing how they have improved the UX.
High level of communication in this regard
Taught online, with access to various libraries where you must research and read the suggested textbooks. No lectures. Two 1hr (or less) tutor sessions per quarter, to discuss assignment paper questions. Not much interaction with other students. Roughly 30-40 hours per week. Tutors are contactable via email, and tend to respond within a day or two.
Distant learner, and thus only have access to online libraries.
None. I am a distant learner.
Student support tends to respond to queries quite quickly, via email. The online chat is great, and they respond immediately.
My overall experience to date has been exceptional. I have completed my first module and feel I've accomplished some of my best whilst work having the support from tutors and engagement from other students. I would highly recommend Arden as a university and distance learning in general. It enables me to have the flexibility needed to complete my studies. I'm looking forward to the future and completed my MSc at Arden University.
My course is accredited with the BPS, which enables graduate membership.
My course enables me to work full time, whilst studying around 2-4 hours each evening and over the weekends. it's a perfect combination for work and study. The online platform iLearn is up to date and easily accessible. The information is delivered in a great format with all the information you need being in one place. Contact with tutors is daily if needed whilst having forums for most Q and As with other students.
Up to date learning (iLearn), itis a modern University with relevant course materials and teaching methods. Very different from the red brick where I completed my undergraduate degree. Arden offers more student support and great course content.
Distance learning however they do have a physical campus for anyone wishing to attend
Fantastic services, very engaging with mental health and student wellbeing. Everyone is assigned someone from student support who reaches out on a regularly basis.
My experience in relation to my expectations has been much higher. I think is a University with high standards. also the module development system. It teaches you how to use resources to support what has been studied and how to develop it. The tutor helps a lot with his feedback and his advice on how to develop it. well the platform has a lot of information to spend many hours online looking for information.
I feel very great, though only few of us attend face-to-face. However, I am very pleased with the facilities and the way things are going. I will encourage other students to join Arden to achieve their goals.
With the careers a workshop is normally organised online for students to interact with entrepreneurs. This I believe will be successful for students. Work placements is something lacking on the course I am undertaking. The fruitfulness of the course would depend proportionally on internship. Students need to attend placement for even 2 months to gain some experience. I hope with time the university will solve this issue. Employability training is incorporated in the lectures. Some we do online when at home, however, there is also support available for students with the support team.
I like the course structure and the modules. The modules are relevant and well delivered. We experience the theoretical as well as the practical aspect of the learning, so it makes the learning more genuine and relevant. What I don't like is not having access to the teaching slides. It would save us time of long notes taking and focused on the lectures. It is one thing I would like the university to have a second look at, and address it accordingly.
Blended learning is very great. It gives you the opportunity to study the way you like and how you prefer to study. You learn confidently in your own environment. There is no rushing out to join public transport to lectures when running late. It is safe and secure way of learning in this pandemic.
The location of the university is good. It is accessible using public transport, however, sometimes commuting can be very stressful and disappointing when trains are not running efficiently. You would encounter series of obstacles on the way to lecture, though you set off early. This makes it frustrating and discouraging sometimes if you don't have strong motivation.
The academic tutors are very good in terms of support. Their doors are opened and they would search for you if haven't seen you. They ensure that they support everyone and monitor your progress. This I commend them for as it shows how supportive and goodwill they are to every students. Counselling I am yet to attend. However, I can draw my inference from the academic support team. The counselling team often sends email to check if anyone needs their support, and show them how to make an appointment if needed,