Attending Online Classes | Cranefield College

Attending Online Classes

International Online Distance Learning

Wherever you are based, you can participate in live online classes and complete all assessments required to earn your certificate, diploma or degree, through technology-enhanced distance learning. Cranefield qualifications are internationally esteemed, and many Cranefield graduates have excelled on the world stage. The College has consistently been regarded as complying with world-class standards, including H+ recognition in Germany, which is the highest academic status that universities are accorded. Cranefield has conferred PhD degrees on German and Russian candidates, and many students/alumni are based in the EU, USA, Dubai, Qatar, Australia and New Zealand. Cranefield’s professional Master’s Degree in Programme Management (MComPM) has enabled graduates to thrive in top positions internationally. Examples are the Regional Director (USA) of Delta Airways, the Program Director of the Microsoft’s Global Program Office (in Dubai), a number of senior managers of Microsoft Consulting, and the Program Manager of Qatar Petroleum, to name but a few.

Online learning process

  • Cranefield uses its Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as a platform for its Live Online Distance Learning programme which enhances the entire process for lecturers and students, enabling students to attend classes interactively online.
  • All classes are streamed live (from Cranefield’s main tuition centre in Midrand, Gauteng) and students are able to see and ask questions from the lecturer.
  • Remote students, including those in other countries, are able to attend live classes via the Internet, or view recordings thereof.
  • In addition, you may view HD videos of important topics covered online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Learning Process

We are one of the top Distance Learning Colleges

All class-based academic programmes, including the Master’s degree (MComPM), are available to students nationwide and internationally (broadening our online learning target market) through technology-enhanced distance learning. Exceptional students may advance all the way to the PhD degree, which signifies the highest level of academic and professional attainment.

Competitive Edge

Online case discussions in syndicate groups

For case discussions in syndicate groups, students are also able to meet via the Internet in a dedicated online collaboration room where they can see and hear each other. This is not only for students outside Gauteng – but also for those attending the lectures on-site, who may choose to book an online collaboration room for their discussions, thereby saving time and travel.

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How to attend online classes?

Once enrolled in a course, you can join the live classes by following these steps:

  • Notify the administration one day before your class.
  • Access Blackboard Learn on the day of class (using your Bb login details).
  • The class link will be available under the ‘Blackboard Class Link’ button on the course menu.
  • The link will be accessible from 07h00 on the day of class.
  • Remember that all the standard rules apply to the online classes (i.e. don’t be late).
  • It is imperative that students who participate online adhere exactly to the Midrand class dates and assignment deadlines.

If you are unable to attend any class (online or on-site):

If a student is unable to participate in any of the online classes due to special circumstances, the student will still be able to study the recording of the class that he or she has missed. Students who are located outside the South African time zone may also receive recordings (for example those in the USA or Australia). Fortunately, Africa, the UK, and the rest of the European Union are all in approximately the same time zone as South Africa, and attending a live online class poses no problem. Nevertheless, students are generally expected, wherever reasonably possible for them, to be actively engaged in all live lectures, whether on-site or online.