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News: Making the most of a Virtual Open Evening: Checklist

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If you’re attending a college Virtual Open Evening there can be a lot to take in and remember. Our checklist has lots of top tips for making the most of an open event and getting your questions answered!

Our next Virtual Open Evenings take place Monday 1st - Thursday 4th February. Book your place online to come and find out more about life at Nottingham College. We offer the widest range of courses for school leavers in the region - so whatever you’re interested in, we have something for you!

It’s all Virtual!

As all our Open Evenings have moved online, you must need to make sure that you’re able to relax, listen to what we have to say about the courses, then ask any questions you have. The events are all organised through Microsoft Teams. If you have this installed on your computer then that’s great, but don’t worry if you don’t, as it will work just as well inside a web browser on your desktop. If you’re attending via your mobile then we recommend downloading the Microsoft Teams app to your phone/tablet for the best experience. If you are worried about technical problems then you can read further guidance here

What happens when I book on?

After visiting our Virtual Open Evening booking page on our website, you’ll be asked to make a booking via Eventbrite. Fill in the details and then you’ll receive a booking confirmation email. You can register for as many events that you want. We have over 30 events for everything from A Levels to Construction, or Art to Engineering.

The weekend before your event, you’ll receive another email with pre-event materials for you to watch and read. Please take the time to do this as this includes

  • A welcome to the college
  • A welcome to the department
  • Course information
  • A virtual tour of the department
  • The chance to hear what students have to say about the course.

Make some notes and write down any questions you want to ask

The main focus of the Virtual Open Evening is the chance for you to ask questions about the course. So make notes while you watch and discuss with family about what else you’d like to know.

Is there is any specialist equipment that I might need for the course?

How many days a week would I expect to be in College?

Is there any work experience?

On the day of the event

Check your email. The link to the live q&a for your course area will now be on the same Eventbrite page you visited at the weekend with the videos and information mentioned above.

Check that everything is working. By clicking on the link you will be able to check that everything is working as it should take you to a holding screen. Shortly before the event this will change to a pre-event screen.

Bring Someone with you. Having other family members around is a great idea as you can discuss your options - they may even come up with questions you hadn’t thought of yourself.

Make yourself comfortable. The Virtual Open Evening should only last 45mins - 1 hour. As you’ve had the chance to watch the information beforehand, the main focus on the night is a question and answer session with the course leaders and lecturers.

And don’t forget a nice cup of tea, and possibly a biscuit or two.


How do I ask questions?

Don’t worry, you won’t need to be on camera or use your microphone! Once the event starts, there will be a box for you to type in your questions. These will usually be answered as soon as possible by the team via the presentation.

If you have a question that they can’t answer immediately, or that is very specific to your personal situation, the staff will continue the conversation with you outside the live session.

After the Open Evening.

Within 24 hours you will receive another email with a link to the recording of the event. You will also have the chance to submit any questions that you either didn’t have the chance to ask on the evening, or that you thought of after the event.

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  • 22nd January 2021 (12:00 AM)
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