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Online Education and Distance-learning at The University of Manchester

Online Education and Distance-learning at The University of Manchester

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Like it or loathe it, many students now expect to be able to interact with their teaching and learning materials in ways that would have been unimaginable to most of their teachers. Through the implementation of the eLearning strategic plan, the provision of online resources to students at the University of Manchester has changed radically in recent years.

The transformation of the virtual learning environment from a simple repository of lecture notes to a rich, vibrant and pedagogically sound space for student learning continues, but has been augmented with greatly increased activity in, for example, the availability of recorded lectures and the use of online submission for assessed work.

The University has a long history of providing high-quality distance-learning programmes. Currently over 7,00 students are registered on courses where the predominant mechanism by which students interact with their teaching and learning materials is not campus-based.

Developments in the ways in which distance-learning provision will be expanded will be discussed, together with the mechanisms by which the knowledge and skills learned by doing so will be fed back into improving online provision for on-campus students.