The approval process
1. Discussion with the Head of Department and involvement in the Medium Term Planning (MTP) process
Distance learning programmes usually require an investment of resources in the planning stages – such funding should be discussed in the department
Developing a Business Plan
2. Board of Studies approval
3. Planning Committee approval of the business case. The costs of developing a new DL programme can be significant, see business planning.
4. University Teaching Committee (UTC) approval of the academic case
Department response to external assessor’s report
There are additional stages which should also be considered prior to seeking formal approval, which include:
5. Meeting with your department's Planning Officer, in order to discuss business planning, interaction with the MTP process and any available market analysis.
6. Attendance at the Distance Learning Forum and/or meetings with Forum members: the Forum provides an informal layer of support and advice to prospective distance learning providers.
7. Meetings with the Academic Support Office:
Quality Assurance Team for the programme approval process
E-learning Development Team for learning technologist support
Learning Enhancement Team for advice on curriculum, assessment and delivery
Such meetings are designed to guide you through the support and advice available, and for you to sound your ideas against.
It is recommended that you consult the Quality Assurance Framework for Distance Learning Programmes during the planning and development stages.
In line with the approval process for all new programmes, distance learning provision should offer:
Alongside the additional approval stages for new programmes, prospective DL providers need to carefully consider:
The student experience of a DL programme should be comparable with that of a face-to-face programme, for example:
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