I am still weighing up the options before deciding how to go about getting the Cambridge Delta. My latest bright idea is to do modules 1 and 3 without enrolling on any kind of course at all, but instead to do them entirely through self-study and then take the exam / submit the Extended Assignment through an open centre. My plan would be to do the Module 1 exam this June, do Module 2 via Bell's blended course from September --> November, and in the meantime be working on the Module 3 assignment to submit in December. Is this crazy talk or could it be doable?
My motivation is not primarily financial. I'd ideally like to complete the Delta this year, but I left it too late to apply for distance courses (my preferred way to study - an intensive or part-time course does not appeal, for various reasons) that began in January/February/March time. I would be more than happy to pay to do a course if it was really worth it, but I am wondering if it actually would be.
So, my questions are these. Apart from having the benefit of a structured programme, online tutor support and the opportunity to interact with other students, what does doing a course offer that independent study doesn't? Are the kind of materials provided, particularly for Module 1, such an invaluable resource that they can't be substituted through self-study materials? Are the items on this reading list, links to journals included http://thedistancedelta.com/howitworks/books.aspx
, enough to get me through Module 1 or are there any glaring omissions? By the way, I have library access to all the books on there, so getting my hands on resources would not be a problem.
Personal background that might be relevant: I have 7 years of experience in teaching, so I have already accumulated quite a bit of practical and theoretical knowledge along the way. I would be teaching at the same time, so I could experiment with various approaches and materials to see their practical application, as the handbook suggests. Finally, I am generally pretty good at studying and being self-motivated when I really have to be!
Sorry for the very long post, and thanks in advance for any responses.