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The virtual classroom

One of the things people often wonder when they start a programme at Hibernia College  is how the live online (virtual) classes are going to work and what the experience of being in a virtual classroom will be like.

Virtual classes are usually run as tutorials and webinars.

Tutorials are small group sessions that usually involve 20-25 students and their tutor logged in simultaneously to the Blackboard Collaborate™ virtual classroom application. Designed specifically for education, Blackboard Collaborate™ allows students and tutors to talk to each other (and see each other if they have webcams activated), present slides, videos, images and other educational materials; write and draw on a whiteboard; conduct polls and quizzes; share applications and visit websites. To really get a good discussion going, students can also be split into smaller breakout groups to allow them to tease out issues in depth before reporting back to the larger tutorial group.

Webinars are similar to tutorials in that they involve everyone logging into Blackboard Collaborate™ at the same time, but the class size is usually much bigger and they are primarily used for delivering lecture style classes or for information sessions. Even in these much larger sessions, however, students have the opportunity to ask questions, either by speaking or by sending a note to their tutor.

All live sessions are accessible from desktop computers and mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad and Android devices. They are also recorded and made accessible to students for playback and revision purposes. So even if you can’t attend a tutorial, you won’t miss out. If only real life were like that!

Study where you are

When studying with Hibernia College, there is no need to attend a physical campus full time. All live sessions are accessible from desktop computers and mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Students can live anywhere in Ireland whilst pursuing their qualification. A Hibernia College degree allows students to stay close to home, save on commuting costs and remain active in their local communities.


When studying with Hibernia College, you are part of an online and offline community. Our students have the best of both worlds. The live online tutorials and forums are a great source of support and a useful way to get to know your fellow classmates. Furthermore, you will meet up with your peers and faculty at regular face-to-face workshops.


Leaders in online education

Since the first intake of primary education students in 2003, Hibernia College has grown and has proven experience and expertise in blended learning. We are now Ireland’s largest provider of teachers.

Hibernia College has developed an award-winning model of online education that is successful in pioneering new teaching methodologies and embracing change in the ever evolving world of education.

Our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy available here, sets out our commitment to continually improve the student journey on our programmes and keep building on the success of our online education model.

Enrolled Learner Protection Insurance

Hibernia College has approval, under s.65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, to offer students Learner Protection Insurance. Learner Protection Insurance is only in place when each student receives their insurance policy. Each learner should ensure that they receive a Learner Protection Insurance Policy in their name. Learner Protection Insurance is provided by O’Driscoll O’Neill and underwritten by Hiscox Insurance Company Limited. The Learner Protection Policy provides for a refund of fees as specified in the 2012 Act. In some circumstances, it may be possible for a learner to transfer to a similar programme in another provider. In such circumstances, the learner may opt to receive the cost of an alternative similar academic programme. Transfer to another programme is always only a second option. The Learner Protection Insurance Policy is governed by s.65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.

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