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Validating a Distance Learning Course

Validating a Distance Learning Course

Distance learning courses are subject to the same validation processes as on campus courses, overseen by Quality Assurance Services.

The Director of Distance Learning comments on all distance learning proposals to the Academic Planning and Collaboration Group (APCG), and sits on all Validation panels for distance learning courses. You’ll need an Academic Instructional Designer from the Distance Learning Unit (DLU) at your validation event.


New Course Proposal

 If you are thinking of developing a distance learning course,  please get in touch with the Distance Learning Unit (via It’s best you do so before taking your proposal to APCG as APCG will expect evidence that we’ve spoken. We can meet you and your team – our place or yours – for an hour or so to talk things through and how DLU can support you: we’re particularly keen to ensure you have the time to work on the project.

Distance learning courses require upfront time and investment, so DLU’s strong advice is to introduce distance delivery on a part time basis before considering full time options – but we can help you plan this out. We’ll allocate an Academic Instructional Designer there and then, or after the course has been to APCG. 

Course Validation

Your Academic Instructional Designer forms part of your Course Development Team and can contribute to your Course and Module Specifications with regard to distance learning, to give a flavour to the Validation panel. Your Academic Instructional Designer will also join you in the Validation event, to help you showcase the distance learning element of delivery. Validation Panels have wanted to see what the VLE might look like.They have also asked about your prospective students, and your plans for supporting them at a distance, and encouraging them to feel part of our learning community. 

You may also want to consider options and guidance for calendars. Some DL courses run three starts a year. However, we would recommend aligning start dates to other deliveries as the sensible default position. Pricing is at the School’s discretion; however, students overseas pay the same fees as domestic students for DL courses.


Page last updated: 19/05/2021

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