In July, I started studying towards the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Level 4 Digital Marketing course with the Oxford College of Marketing.¬†This comes after completing the Level 3 BCS course with Creative Process Digital towards the end of the last year with a grade Distinction.

However, the difference in course levels was by no means the only difference between the two courses and much of that is down to the Coronavirus pandemic which has forced a change in the way the course is being run.

The Oxford College of Marketing now teaches this course through virtual classes on Zoom instead of the usual options, classroom based or blended learning (or a mix of the two). This ultimately offers a completely different form of studying and it mirrors the running debate of whether working remotely is the way forward for employees instead of working in an office.

The virtual classes on Zoom work in just the same way as a classroom session would, with attendees able to view the presentation, interact with the teacher and the classmates and also get involved with polls to check understanding, all from your own home whilst staying completely COVID safe.

Although there are benefits to classroom working, I’ve found this current set up makes the balance between working and studying much easier for me.

At the time of writing, I am currently studying the Applied Marketing module and with all my classes having now been completed, I am preparing for my exam which will be undertaken using an online proctor. This is again one of the impacts of the current situation with exams also being taken remotely from home with supervision by an invigilator via a webcam.

I will make sure to update this blog when I’ve taken my remote exam to share the experience!

Author: James Hooper, Marketing Assistant, Plus Accounting

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