Studied Education Postgraduate Certificate (Leadership and Management) online

Image: online education leadership management pg cert shashiShashi currently works in an international school in Doha, in an all-school role helping fellow teachers, support staff and students with their classroom and instructional data. He also works with the wider departments across the school to implement innovative computing solutions for better communicating and processing. Before obtaining this role Shashi worked in both Scandinavia and South America as a computer science and IT teacher for 14 years and has a background of working in education for over 18 years.

In 2013 Shashi completed his MSc Computer Science via online learning and has since continued his professional development through MOOCs and various online training resources. However, as his responsibilities at work began to entail more leadership and management areas of education, he found himself wanting to pursue a course more aligned to this area of study.

At the same time, Shashi's wife started studying for her MSc Psychology degree at the University of Derby Online Learning so he was able to experience the online learning environment first hand, preview the structure of the courses, and understand the commitment required to complete the courses. He went on to have a look at UDOL's website and found the Education Postgraduate Certificate (Leadership and Management).

"I see myself in bigger educational leadership roles in the future, so this seems like a good place to start my work towards a professional education related qualification"

Shashi's student story

I started my course with UDOL in January 2018 and whilst I haven't been on the course very long, I feel like I have been exposed to a lot of valuable resources in the form of materials and tutors on the course considering the short time frame.

I am starting to realise the key to studying online is to get myself focused and organised. Being a teacher teaches you to be organised which I can translate into my own studies. To organise my university work I use Google Drive with folders and sub-folders for modules and units, full of relevant material, activities, reading references, and my assignments. I also use the university's personal journal space to keep track of my learnings and to blog any of my personal thoughts or reflections.

Image: online education leadership management pg cert shashi workspaceAs my typical working day starts at 6:45am and ends at 4pm I try to dedicate an hour in the morning and half an hour on my lunch break to my own studying, to make sure I am on top of everything. I do most of my academic reading on my morning and evening commute which also helps me to stay on top of it. Balancing family life and work does mean that I can't follow a set schedule, so online learning allowed me to take my own notion of planning on a day to day basis.

The activities for each unit are well spaced out to give time for meaningful discussions with other students on the course. I am lucky to be in a cohort full of extremely articulate and active colleagues from around the world. Interactions with my peers has been another priceless source of knowledge, contributing to my overall learning. Also, our module leader has been efficient in responding to queries and any doubts that we may have had.

Although I haven't been on the course very long I am gaining some great experiences and have started to connect with some very experienced educational professionals. I look forward to completing the postgraduate certificate, and given that I continue to progress successfully with the course, I would be considering completing the full Master’s degree in education with UDOL.