The future of flexible and distance learning at Leicester

Posted by rmt22 at Mar 03, 2016 12:51 PM |
We are rightly known for our pioneering role in the development of distance learning and a new group has been set up to create a vision for a future of flexible learning.

Our distance learning courses are one of the cornerstones of our international reach and widening participation. Continuing to ensure that students can access an excellent education in ways that suit their circumstances is an important goal.

The new Flexible and Distance Learning Group builds upon work from our Strategic Plan task and finish groups. It will work towards developing and implementing provision that gives students a range of opportunities to blend full-time, part time, campus and off-campus programmes where this best suits their success.

Bringing together staff from across the university, both academic and professional, the group will offer practical recommendations on how we can achieve these aims. We will look to build upon our established strength in distance learning while incorporating projects which are working towards further integration of these types of courses into our overall academic portfolio.

The group will be led by Dr Ruth Young (Archaeology and Ancient History) and Dr Matthew Higgins (Management), both of whom played important roles in the task and finish group, and will comprise representatives from other colleges, finance, market development, student experience, ITS and marketing, plus colleagues with interest in the learning environment and current distance learning provision.

Professor Mark Peel, Provost, will be overseeing the work of the group alongside Professor Jon Scott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, and the Academic Practice Committee.

Professor Peel said: “Through this group, we will ensure that Leicester moves into a future with an excellent approach to flexible and blended learning, a key element in our Learning Strategy. I am grateful to Matthew and Ruth for leading that journey”.

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