COVID-19 update: All online teaching and learning is proceeding as normal

How Online Study Works

As an online student with the Interactive Design Institute, you’ll benefit from our study platform which allows you to:

  • Log in at any time, from any device
  • Access all your modules and learning materials
  • Access the University of Hertfordshire’s intranet
  • Communicate with your peers in secure forums
  • Receive ongoing feedback and course grades
  • Message your tutors and support teams at any time

The Dashboard

This is your personal hub for organising your studies. It includes a calendar (which you can sync with your own device), to-do list, notifications stream and an overview of the other students in your cohort.

Learning Path

This is where you’ll access your learning materials, divided into sections (which you can bookmark for quick access later). You’ll also find informal activities designed to get you thinking about each topic in more detail.

The Studio

The Studio is where you’ll collaborate to complete group activities. Here you can upload work into shared albums, create and work on shared documents together, and provide feedback on each other’s work.

The Forums

This is where you’ll discuss ideas and network with your fellow students. You’ll be able to create topics at any time for group discussion, and will also take part in forum debates as part of your activity work.

Your Tutorial Area

This is where you’ll upload your work and have continuous, one-to-one discussion and feedback from your tutor. You’ll be able to message them at any time and expect a response within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.


We believe that assessment should be a core part of your learning – allowing you to apply your knowledge, skills and experience in context.



As an online student you’ll be assessed entirely by coursework, with no exams.

You’ll receive one-to-one feedback from your tutor at every stage of your studies, providing you with a regular update on your progress.