Innovative learning platform empowers distance learning for online students

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An innovative new learning platform specifically designed to facilitate the needs and ambitions of the modern student has been launched at Teesside University, as part of the University’s ambitious digital transformation programme.

The University has partnered with global software provider D2L to offer a state-of-the art approach to online distance learning using its Brightspace platform.

The new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) has been developed in order to meet industry demand for flexible access to learning.

Teesside University Online Learning will be launching three innovative online distance learning courses through the new platform from May – BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise (Top-Up), MSc Cybersecurity and Teesside University Business School’s flagship MBA course – with this number set to rise significantly over the coming months.

The platform can be accessed via a computer’s internet browser or on a mobile device and offers students the opportunity to study their subjects in their own time through an easy-to-navigate interface.

As well as viewing course materials and study aids and accessing scheduled classes and seminars through the platform, students on online distance learning courses can also contact tutors through digital communication channels.

The platform aligns with Teesside University’s Future Facing Learning strategy which has seen it embrace cutting-edge technology to change the way that students learn across the whole portfolio of academic courses.

Professor Mark Simpson, pro vice-chancellor (learning and teaching), said: “This new platform takes the strengths of our on-campus provision and widens it out to a whole new market, both nationally and internationally.

“Our online distance learning provides a flexible environment for students whether they are employees juggling the demands of the modern workplace or part-time or mature learners who wish to study at their own pace.

“The VLE experience means they can tailor their learning around their own needs without losing any of the quality of a traditional degree.”

Stewart Watts, D2L regional director, said: “D2L is both proud and excited to be Teesside University’s technology partner on the forthcoming Online Distance Learning project, an important part of the University’s wider digital transformation programme.

“Both Teesside University and D2L already have outstanding reputations for innovation in our respective markets, with Teesside offering its unique and highly relevant Future Facing Learning pedagogic approach, and D2L’s VLE, Brightspace, providing the very best in modern, accessible and engaging learning technology.

“Together, we look forward to cementing these reputations as we work to deliver a truly world-class online learning experience to Teesside’s students.”

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