About Tour Guiding Course
The Tour Guiding Certificate Course was initiated by Commonwealth of Learning (COL). All modules produced by Commonwealth of Learning (COL) are structured in the same way, as outlined below.
How this course is structured ( Overview )
The overview gives you a general introduction to the course units
and modules. Information contained in the module overview will
help you determine:
if the module is suitable for you;
what you will already need to know;
what you can expect from the module;
how much time you will need to invest to complete the module;
Tour Guiding Course Structure
The overview gives you a general introduction to the course units and modules. Information contained in the module overview will help you determine:
- if the module is suitable for you;
- what you will already need to know;
- what you can expect from the module;
- how much time you will need to invest to complete the module;
We strongly recommend that you read the overview carefully
before starting your study.
The course modules content
The Tour Guiding course modules are broken down into major headed units with subtitled units. Each unit comprises: an introduction to the Unit content;
Unit learning outcomes;
Module objectives which are meant to help you assess your learning in terms of what you would be able to do after studying a particular
Core content of the unit with a variety of learning activities; Activities, assignments and/or assessments, as applicable; which is to promote active learning. A few of the activities may require you to draw on past experiences with respect to your daily interactions with others.
A unit summary which highlights the key points developed in the
Unit and New terminology mentioned in the unit.
For those interested in learning more on this subject, we provide you with a list of additional resources at the end of this module; these comprise books, articles and web sites.
Introduction to this Course
This 255-hour certificate Tour Guiding course is intended for people who are already tour guides or who are aspiring to become tour guides. Specialty courses are three (3) credits and those involving a practical component are four (4) credits.
Throughout this course, you will be asked to draw upon those experiences. The administering institution will determine how this course will take place. It may used for self-assessments or teacher-marked assessments. Institutions will also determine the length of assessments and how long learners will be allowed to complete them.
This 255-hour certificate Tour Guiding course is expected to be over three months. As an online, open and distance learning course, study time is dependent on the time of the learner. However, all assignments must be completed at the required time for qualification. The course is designed for self-study along with some guided instruction.
As an adult learner your approach to learning will be different to that from your school days: you will choose what you want to study, you will have professional and/or personal motivation for doing so and you will most likely be fitting your study activities around other professional or domestic responsibilities.
Essentially you will be taking control of your learning environment. As a consequence, you will need to consider performance issues related to time management, goal setting, stress management, etc. Perhaps you will also need to reacquaint yourself in areas such as essay planning, coping with exams and using the web as a learning resource.
Your most significant considerations will be time and space i.e. the time you dedicate to your learning and the environment in which you engage in that learning.
We recommend that you take time now—before starting your self-study— to familiarize yourself with these issues. There are a number of excellent resources on the web. A few suggested links are:
The “How to study” website is dedicated to study skills resources. You will find links to study preparation (a list of nine essentials for a good study place), taking notes, strategies for reading text books, using reference sources, test anxiety.
This is the website of the Virginia Tech, Division of Student Affairs. You will find links to time scheduling (including a “where does time go?” link), a study skill checklist, basic concentration techniques, control of the study environment, note taking, how to read essays for analysis, memory skills (“remembering”).
This website looks at preparing for online study. http://www.howtostudy.org/resources.php
Another “How to study” website with useful links to time management, efficient reading, questioning/listening/observing skills, getting the most out of doing (“hands-on” learning), memory building, tips for staying motivated, developing a learning plan.
The above links are our suggestions to start you on your way. However, be aware that Internet addresses change frequently, so if a website cannot be accessed, use a search engine. At the time of writing these web links were active. If you want to look for more go to www.google.com and type “self-study basics”, “self-study tips”, “self-study skills” or similar.
Need help? Related to individual campuses
Is there a Tour Guiding course website address?
What is the course instructor’s name? Where can s/he be located (office location and hours, telephone/fax number, e-mail address)? Is there a teaching assistant for routine enquiries? Where can s/he be located (office location and hours, telephone/fax number, e-mail address)?
Is there a librarian/research assistant available? Where can s/he be located (office location and hours, telephone/fax number, e-mail address)?
Is there a learners’ resource centre? Where is it located? What are the opening hours, telephone number, who is the resource centre
There should be written assignments for this course for each unit. Assignments should be submitted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the administering institution. This should include the schedule for submission, the order in which assignments should be submitted and to whom they should be submitted.
The number of assessments as well as when and where the assessments will take place for this module will be determined by the administering institution.
They could be self-assessments or teacher-marked assessments. The length of assessments and how long learners will be allowed to complete will be determined by the administering institution.