The Needs of Distance Learners

Some of you may know I am a module tutor for distance learners at Aberystwyth University and so the needs of distance learners are something I consider to be very important. Aberystwyth have been running distance learning librarianship courses for over 25 years and I was thrilled to join colleagues from the Department of Information Studies last summer at their celebratory dinner. Technology is something Aberystwyth have used since the late 1990s as a way of supporting distance learners and I was involved in the pilot project to introduce computer conferencing using the FirstClass system. Providing students with a way of communicating with their tutors and with each other was considered really important to counteract the isolation that distance learners often feel.

Technology has changed a lot since the late 1990s so if you are interested in the needs of distance learners, then we have a seminar next Wednesday at LSE that may be of interest. Lindsay Jordan from the University of the Arts London will be presenting a NetworkED seminar on this topic. Find out more on the NetworkED website. If you wish to attend and are not a member of LSE staff (or a student) then drop me a line and I can book you a place. Also don’t forget as ever, we will be live streaming this event so you can watch from the event page next Wednesday at 3pm GMT. No plug ins or registration is required to watch the live stream.


One thought on “The Needs of Distance Learners

  1. I’m a 2013 Grad of the Aberystwyth program and would echo your comments on the program. The combination of distance and open learning, allows for a bespoke educational experience, supported by expert, professional and caring faculty. It’s a educational foundation that encourages students to continue their professional development through ongoing research and exploration in their chosen field.

    Despite the distance (I’m studying 7,000 miles away and many timezones) there is a strong sense of collaboration and being a part of a diverse learning community. I count myself very fortunate to have been a part of this excellant program.

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