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Develop a Distance Learning Course


A distance learning course is not simply the replication of face-to-face delivery.  In fact, it does not have to be exactly the same as the face-to-face delivery, but provide an equivalent (rather than identical) experience. This means that designing a distance learning course follows a slightly different process to face-to-face courses and modules.

Whilst there are criteria which define a given module, although the learning outcomes and the assessment should be the same, there is flexibility within those criteria to reflect the alternate contexts of face-to-face and distance learning. 

From the outset, you will be working with members of the Distance Learning Unit (DLU), who will provide support and guidance and both course team and individual module developer level.

Working with the Distance Learning Unit

To discuss general distance learning initiatives or organise consultancy, you can contact the Director of Distance Learning. Alternatively, you can discuss things with the academic instructional designer in DLU who is the principal liaison for your  school or subject.

When you start planning a course, your academic instructional designer will be involved from the beginning. They will be involved in the Course Approval Process to understand and advise on the Faculty’s design ideas, and will help you to fully consider the instructional design process. During development, the academic instructional designer will closely with the Module Developers to produce the learning modules, complete review and amends before finally setting the module live.
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