What is our Academic Forum?


Engaging students effectively in an online learning environment is crucial for their academic success. Our academic forum plays a pivotal role in our educational approach to online learning, ensuring that students are not only absorbing information but also actively participating and applying their knowledge.

Structure and Assessment

Each module in our programme includes various components designed to comprehensively evaluate and enhance student learning:

  • Academic Forum (40%)
  • Group or Individual Module Activity (20%)
  • Reflective Journal (10%)
  • End of Module Exam (30%)

The academic forum stands out, contributing significantly to the overall assessment. It is a dynamic space where students interact with their peers and tutors, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

How does the academic forum work?

Our academic forum is a structured online discussion board where learning is driven by both students and tutors. Each module in our programme incorporates several assessment components, with the academic forum accounting for 40% of the overall grade. Here’s how it operates:

  • Tutor Guidance: Tutors lead the discussions by presenting real-life topics. They will present students with a clinically rich, real-world scenario and encourage them to discuss the topic in the forum. They guide the conversation to ensure that learning objectives are met.
  • Student Roles: Students participate actively as direct responders and peer reviewers. They are encouraged to post regularly and engage in discussions.
  • Discussion Prompts: The forum features challenge-based prompts that stimulate critical thinking and problem-solving, often based on real-world scenarios.
  • Asynchronous Learning: The forum allows for flexible participation, enabling students to engage at times that fit their schedules, regardless of time zones or work commitments.

What are the benefits of an Academic Forum as opposed to online seminars and lectures?

Our educational approach aligns with the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), ensuring accessibility and inclusivity for all students. The academic forum supports diverse learning styles and needs, making education more effective and enjoyable.

Students practise both subjective and objective learning, engaging in critical evaluation and debates in a safe, supportive environment. This method encourages them to share experiences, conduct research, and provide peer reviews, enhancing their learning journey.

Opting for an academic forum over traditional online seminars and lectures offers several distinct advantages:

  • Tutor-Led Learning: Unlike the passive nature of lectures, forums promote an active, student-centred learning environment. Students take charge of their learning journey, supported by tutors rather than being spoon-fed information.
  • Collaborative Environment: Forums foster a collaborative atmosphere where students learn from each other. This multidisciplinary approach enriches the educational experience, providing diverse perspectives from various healthcare professionals.
  • Flexibility: The asynchronous format of forums is ideal for those with busy schedules. There are no set times for participation, making it easier for students to balance their studies with professional and personal responsibilities.
  • Practical Application: Forums focus on practical, real-world scenarios. This method of learning encourages students to apply theoretical knowledge in practical settings, enhancing their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

How does this method of learning benefit me?

Participating in an academic forum offers numerous benefits, enhancing both your educational experience and professional development:

  • Engagement and Interaction: The interactive nature of forums keeps students engaged. Discussions with peers and tutors make learning more dynamic and enjoyable.
  • Skill Development: Forums help develop essential skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication. These skills are highly valued in the workplace and can directly impact your professional performance.
  • Real-World Relevance: By discussing and debating real-world scenarios, you gain practical insights that are immediately applicable in your field. This approach bridges the gap between theory and practice, preparing you for real-life challenges.
  • Networking Opportunities: Engaging with a diverse group of professionals from around the world expands your network. These connections can provide support, share knowledge, and open up new opportunities in your career.

Our academic forums are designed to provide a comprehensive, flexible, and engaging learning experience that goes beyond traditional teaching methods. They equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in your career, making them a valuable component of our educational programmes.

What do previous Students have to say about it?

Our students have reported numerous benefits from participating in the academic forums. They appreciate the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to practical scenarios, which enhances their professional skills and knowledge. Here are a few testimonials from our students:

"The interactive nature of the course, combined with case studies and practical examples, has significantly improved my ability to apply theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios. The collaborative learning environment has been incredibly enriching."

"The module has provided me with valuable insights and practical strategies for integrating sustainability principles into healthcare. The discussions have equipped me with actionable knowledge to address current challenges in healthcare management."

"Since starting this module, I've been able to apply what I've learned directly to patient care. The academic forum has given me the confidence and skills to make informed decisions in real-time."


Our academic forum is a cornerstone of our educational strategy, offering a robust platform for student engagement, critical thinking, and real-world application. By fostering an interactive and collaborative learning environment, we ensure that our students are well-prepared to excel in their respective fields. This approach not only enhances their academic experience but also contributes to their professional growth and success.

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