There are four aspects to the strategy behind Distance Learning at Scale: A new online pedagogy rooted in our strengths in high quality, research-led teaching; the building of a scalable capability and capacity; the cross fertilisation of courses and the University’s Digital Education Ecosystem.

Distance Leaning at Scale (DLAS) is seen as core University business. The DLAS Pilot will focus on research and development and is aimed at building, testing and proving the University and its partners’ capability and capacity to plan, create and execute online learning at scale without compromising quality. To achieve this, this programme will deliver new pedagogy, underpinning innovative technologies, new University processes, an “at scale” partner relationship and new course creation with the capabilities to scale production. This will include a new programme business model and approach that structures clearly how each programme will be supported allocating staff academic time, administrative work and the leveraging of central shared services such as media, course development, IT, marketing and pedagogical support. The pilot will first create and then test the capabilities through the delivery of pilot academic programmes.



The end goal is to have a proven, scalable, reusable and quality University capability so that additional schools can leverage this capability for their own courses.

A robust governance and approval path both for the project, its strategic links and implications as well as the individual business cases and courses is being established for approval through the University Executive and other relevant University Committees.



Programme Manager                

Nikki Stuart


Programme Owner

Gavin McLachlan                


Programme Owner

Dorothy Miell


Code RAG RAG Date Manager Status Stage
DLAS001 DLAS Policy and Governance GREEN December 2020 Nikki Stuart In Progress Execute
DLAS003 Predictive Analytics MicroMasters GREEN December 2020 David Thresher In Progress Execute
DLAS011 Online Tutor Development Programme GREEN December 2020 Nikki Stuart In Progress Execute
DLAS013 Chatbots for Admissions in DLAS pilot BLUE November 2020 David Thresher Closed Close
DLAS016 DLAS Learner and Student Communications BLUE May 2019 Lauren Johnston-Smith Not Started Initiate
DLAS017 Digital Marketing Professional Certificate GREEN December 2020 David Thresher In Progress Execute
DLAS019 Expanding the Teacher Function Use Cases BLUE November 2020 Michael Gallagher Suspended Initiate
DLAS020 Student Support Courses for Hybrid Learning GREEN December 2020 Nikki Stuart In Progress Execute
DLAS021 Media Studio Pop-ups GREEN December 2020 Colin Forrest In Progress Execute
DLAS022 MOOCs for Business Project Overview GREEN December 2020 Katya Jouravleva In Progress Initiate
DLAS023 Platform Analysis for CPD Courses GREEN December 2020 David Thresher In Progress Plan
DLAS024 LibSmart Phase II AMBER December 2020 David Thresher In Progress Initiate

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