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Workshop report on the future of PostGrad distance education in the international development sector

In conjunction with SOAS Centre for Development, Environmental and Policy (CeDEP) and University of London Centre for Distance Education (CDE), a workshop was run at SOAS on July 2nd 2015, to explore the future of postgraduate distance education in the international development sector. Foresight methodologies were used to generate drivers of change and narratives for possible future scenarios, and … Continue reading

Seminar: Assessing Group Work in Distance Learning

Assessing Groupwork presentation slides (ppt, 2.44Mb, click to view) These slides are from the recent free seminar presented by Dr Sansom is based on her experiences working at the Open University. During the seminar Dr Sansom described some of the challenges involved in setting up group work assessment for a distance learning MSc in Medicinal Chemistry and some … Continue reading

MOOC Design Challenges

In a recently launched follow-on survey from the successful CDE funded ‘MOOC Design Patterns’ project (, Steven Warburton and Yishay Mor ask what are the top five design challenges that are being faced in developing MOOCs. They comment: “Design patterns are only a good as the problems they are able to solve and we are conducting a quick survey to find … Continue reading

Full report available: InFocus Symposium on games, gamification and games-based learning

The theme of the 2015 In Focus symposium, held at Senate House on 6th March, was an intriguing one: Games, Gamification and Games Based Learning. It was hosted by co-chairs Steven Warburton, CDE Fellow and professor of technology enhanced learning at the University of Surrey and Alex Moseley (who also designed the symposium game), an … Continue reading


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