Ramune Tamoskiene’s Experience studying Early Childhood Studies through blended learning

Early Years Graduate

Early Years & Montessori

Ramune arrived in Ireland having already undertaken some studies in Early Years education.  She wanted to enhance her learning and professional competence and explains that “every new learning experience is beneficial not only to me as a professional, but to every child and his/her family attending the service. I was eager to get more so that I could give more.”

Ramune enrolled on the Blended Learning degree in Early Childhood studies as she was living and working in Kerry.  Ramune had previously undertaken distance education and we were keen to hear her thoughts on this programme.  When asked Ramune how she found the  online learning experience at Portobello Institute;

“I loved it … I think the course was very well developed. It is well organized, easily accessible and reasonable in price. The time frames were well planned and maintained. It was quite intense, but manageable … the tutors provided academic support and expertise of the highest quality and offered sincere and valuable guidance and encouragement..”

Blended learning suited Ramune’s learning style and she worked on managing her time and organizing her work load to study at home, in the evenings, after work and/or on weekends. She continued to work full time and points out that the course “ allowed me to gain a deeper understanding about childcare. It shaped my professional competence and encouraged the growth of my confidence which was noticed and rewarded.”

At the beginning of the course, Ramune found the biggest challenge to be that of interpretation “At times, I could interpret  material in a slightly different way, but my tutor was always there to guide and support me. Guidance, support and practice have enabled me to overcome this challenge.”  Ramume emphasizes the value of attending workshops, she says, “ Workshops provided more academic support, which was of vital importance at the start of each new module.”

Ramune concludes by saying “Studying at the Portobello Institute did change my life. It gave me the confidence, not only to make progress in my professional life, but also to pursue my personal goals. This course has given me competence, self-respect, self-confidence, and it has changed my whole understanding about childcare. It enabled me to feel that I have got a career.”

Have you been thinking about doing a degree Early Childhood studies?  Would blended learning work for you?  If you would like to talk this though with a course advisor, please call 01 892 0000 or come to one of our open days to meet with the lecturers from the Early Years department.

Ramune Tamoskiene’s Experience studying Early Childhood Studies through blended learning Ramune Tamoskiene’s Experience studying Early Childhood Studies through blended learning