Growing our fully online education – find out more

Academic colleagues with ideas for a fully online education programme are invited to find out how to make this a reality.

As highlighted in a recent Inside Track article by Professor Neil Morris, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Digital Transformation, we’ve been very active in the fully online education space for a number of years, creating short courses and degrees built on the knowledge created through our research and innovation activities.

During this time, we’ve amassed more than 100 online short courses delivered on external platforms – FutureLearn and Coursera – including a number of award-winning and chart-topping courses.

These courses have supported our student recruitment and research dissemination and impact activities, enabling more than two million learners locally and globally to engage in high-quality, accessible, flexible, inclusive and engaging online learning.

They’re also an exciting way to develop your research ideas through innovative teaching practice and, in so doing, reach a larger, more diverse audience.

Our new fully online education strategy was recently approved at the University Senate. This will build on our success and experience in this area, and will extend and grow our ambition to deliver fully online degrees, micro-credentials (short credit-bearing courses) and short courses (for professionals and lifelong learners).

With this in mind, expressions of interest to create fully online education programmes are now being encouraged, as part of this year’s IPE process.

And there’s lots of support available for interested academic colleagues.

Find out more by:

  • registering for a live Q&A session with Helen Durham, Academic Lead for Fully Online Learning, and marketing colleagues on Wednesday 14 April, providing an overview of what you need to consider in creating a fully online education programme and how to take it forward; and
  • booking an individual drop-in slot for a one-to-one discussion on Tuesday 20 April or Thursday 22 April.

Also look out for further information about our Fully Online Education Teams site, coming after Easter, which will be open to all with plenty of case studies and tips.