Research developments

A programme of research in distance education has been established to encourage practical advances in teaching, learning and assessment in distance learning throughout the University.

Read about the background and see final reports and outputs from the completed Teaching and Research Awards by visiting our research page.



5 April 2011:

The London International Development Centre’s (LIDC) new report highlights what works in distance learning for health professionals.  The new report, ‘Distance Learning for Health: What works’ by Chris Joynes, presents findings from a global review of distance learning programmes for medical professionals in low and middle income countries.

See more details and download the report at the LIDC website [external link].


15 February 2011:

The CDE website now has other resources available to download, drawn from its archive of seminars, conferences, workshops and research outputs.  A list of what is available can be seen on our other resources page.


8 February 2011:

You can now see a full list of  projects from the last five years of the CDE’s Teaching and Research Awards output in our TRA archive.  This page features reports of the findings and outcomes from specific reports.

Also available is a publication summarising the research conducted over this time, which was distributed at the Research in Distance Education 2010 conference.  Download Research in Distance Education: 5 years of the Teaching and Research Awards [pdf, 663kb].


20 December 2010:

The call for applications for the next round of Teaching and Research Awards is now closed.  We have had a great response and we will now begin the process of reviewing the proposals.  We hope to be in a position to announce which projects have been successful early in the new year.  Many thanks for all your submissions.


1 November 2010:

The next round of the CDE’s Teaching and Research Awards (TRAs) for 2010-11 has now been launched and we are now accepting applications, with a deadline of 17 December 2010. 

The TRAs support original pedagogic research studies that can provide evidence for innovative and effective practice in distance and technology-enhanced learning, teaching and assessment.  Applications are welcome from any staff member involved in the planning and/or the delivery of distance learning at either undergraduate or postgraduate levels within the University of London and it’s Colleges, and they have a value up to £5000. 

More details on the type of proposals that we are looking for and our research priorities can be found on the TRA 2010 application form [word, 70kb].

View the University of London International Programmes’ Strategic Plan for 2009-2012 [external website].

If you have any questions on these awards please email the CDE, or call us on +44(0)207 862 8404.

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