As part of their personal faith journey, people may register as students at the beginning of either the autumn or spring semester to audit selected modules offered as part of the Institute’s academic undergraduate programmes in that semester. Students who choose to audit modules are not required to complete and submit any formal assessments to be graded. Consequently, they do not receive any academic credits (ECTS: European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) on completion of the modules. However, they may submit a reflective essay for feedback from the relevant academic tutor, and obtain a non-accredited certificate of participation. All our courses begin with the, free of charge, 'Learning to Learn' module introducing students to distance learning, every new student must take this module.
On the first day of the semester, which requires mandatory attendance, students are provided with the access credentials for their online classroom. The module delivery is primarily paper-based. However students are strongly encouraged to attend lectures in person here in Tallaght on designated study days. They will also have access to video lectures that are made available online. Students may also keep a reflective journal. During the fifteen weeks’ study, which is done from home, telephone and online support is available from administrative staff and academic tutors. A specially appointed coordinator also communicates with students to encourage them in their studies. In addition, occasional Zoom meetings may be organised.