University Of Bedfordshire Distance Learning

University Of Bedfordshire Distance Learning

Distance Learning applies to courses and units where:

  • Students are not required to meet tutors or other students;
  • Students are engaged in academic study through structured activities defined by the University rather than, for example, through placement or work-based study; and
  • Students’ access to support (academic, administrative and technical) is ordinarily conducted without attending the University.

Developing distance learning courses

After gaining authorisation from the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), the CLE team assists academic team’s development of content and online pedagogy. Our core interest is delivering an equivalent learning experience online, with access to the University’s services made available to all students. Further information can be found in the distance learning policy – PDF 140.2 KB .

Ensuring the Quality of Distance Learning

The University is committed to providing a high quality experience to our students in the online learning environment. Studying at a distance can be isolating and learning limited.  The University’s approach to the design of Distance Learning provision addresses these issues and covers four key areas:

  • Structure and content,
  • Community,
  • Monitoring of progress; and
  • Assessment

During an approval event staff will need to explain how the activities and content of a Distance Learning course, and units, align with these four areas.



Structure and Content Relevant learning material is delivered in a structured and supported manner which facilitates self-managed and increasingly independent learning.
Community The opportunity for learners to engage in an active, supportive, community of practice.
Monitoring Processes clearly articulate expectations and timing and enable learners to monitor progress towards desired goals
Assessment Assessment tests the designated learning outcomes, is robust and supports academic integrity.