The Centre for Distance Education runs special interest seminars, workshops and an annual conference throughout the year, related to all aspects of distance learning.  Below you can see details of upcoming and previous events.

If you have any specific requirements for seminars or workshops that could benefit your practice (or you have some expertise to share) please contact the CDE and we may be able to help with the event.


We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our annual conference, Research and Innovation in Distance Education and E-learning 2017, which will be held on Friday 24 March.

Our two keynote speakers for this year will be:

Professor Anne Boyer, University of Lorraine, Nancy.

Anne Boyer is a Professor of Computer Science at Université Nancy 2, France. She heads a research team called KIWI (Knowledge, Information and Web Intelligence) at the LORIA laboratory. Her teaching and research interests include recommender systems, user modeling as well as interdisciplinary approaches to personalization of e-services.

Simon Nelson, CEO, Futurelearn.

Simon Nelson is Chief Executive of FutureLearn, the social learning platform and first UK-based provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

This one day event explores new directions and developments in distance education and technology-enhanced learning. It has a strong research focus and incorporates outputs from the CDE’s programme of Teaching and Research Awards. The programme features seminars, workshops and showcases around three themes: Open Educational Resources, Massive Open Online Courses, and Innovation.

Tickets are priced at £50 with free places for CDE Fellows, University of London International Academy staff and International Programme Community members from Member Institutions. Tickets can be reserved on our booking website.



The CDE will be running a series of distance learning seminars and workshops in 2014 on subjects such as MOOCs, writing teaching materials, student support and innovative technologies.  To see more details, dates and how to register please visit our latest events news page.

The next CDE annual research conference will be held in November 2014. For more details sign up to our regular mailings via the contact us page.

2014 events

Practical considerations of running a MOOC 

Videos and slides from the recent CDE seminar on running a MOOC are now on the website.  Presentations came from Patricia McKellar and Pat Lockley (University of London Undergraduate Laws Programme) and Dr Matthew Yee-King (Goldsmiths College).

2013 events

The role of open access and OERs in distance education

This first CDE lunchtime seminar of the academic year explored the role of Open Access (Licensing and Publishing) and Open Educational Resources (OERs) within Distance Education, focusing on the context of the University of London International Programmes.

Developing web applications: CDE workshop

This workshop, which was run in conjunction with the Appshed development platform, gave the opportunity for some University of London staff to develop web apps to improve their practice and provision.

Opportunities and policy challenges of distance learning in the Western Balkans

This session focused on how ICT can have a positive impact in a developing context and how online learning can be related to policies for development, in particular as experienced in the Western Balkans.

Analysing feedback

In this session Dr Gwyneth Hughes drew on her CDE research on ipsative assessment and a JISC funded project that she is leading at the IOE to explore why it is useful to analyse feedback for distance learners.  It demonstrated a feedback analysis tool that has been developed as part of the project.

Triumphs and disasters in distance learning, but mostly disasters

Ormond Simpson, CDE Fellow and Educational Consultant, revisited his attempts over the years to find new ways of supporting students to succeed better.

2012 events

Mobile Applications and eReader Showcase

A technology showcase looking at the use of Mobile Applications and and eReaders in higher education, with a special focus on distance and online learning.

The Online Revolution

A talk from Professor Daphne Koller (Stanford University, a co-founder of Coursera) on “The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone”, MOOCs and particularly the pedagogy/platform that sits behind Coursera.

Developing teachers from a distance

This seminar explored the process of teaching observations in the two different modes: face-to-face and at a distance.

Changing pedagogies, changing technology and changing organisational systems for ODL

A special seminar on the future of open and distance learning (ODL) from Professor Michael G. Moore, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Education at Penn State University and Editor of The American Journal of Distance Education

Finding and evaluating OERs

A chance to find out more about open educational resources (OERs).  A discussion of work undertaken to develop and release open educational resources, including a CDE funded project at KCL and a JISC / HEA project at LSE.

Managing change

A workshop aimed at helping attendees to develop effective strategies for achieving large scale lasting change within their institutions, examining the implications of different levels of stakeholder engagement for the success of sustainable institutional change and demonstrating how to employ a participatory design approach.

2011 events

The Digital Divide

Releasing teaching materials as OERs: lessons from the DELILA project

OpenSim: an alternative platform for immersive education

Personalised learning: a framework for e-learning

Science teaching at a distance

Engaging students with Statistics – the VLE way


Research and Innovation in Distance Education and E-learning 2012

Research in Distance Education 2011

Research in Distance Education: impact on practice

Research in Distance Educaton (past conferences)

2010 seminars and workshops:

2010 seminars and workshops 

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