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 AMBER April 2020 Nikki Stuart In Progress Execute
DLAS003 Predictive Analytics MicroMasters GREEN April 2020 David Thresher In Progress Execute
DLAS004 Safe, Secure and Responsible AI MicroMasters BLUE March 2020 Colette Maxwell Withdrawn Plan
DLAS006 DLAS Student Services and Support Review BLUE October 2019 Nikki Stuart Closed Close
DLAS007 Scaled Media Production Framework GREEN April 2020 Nikki Stuart In Progress Execute
DLAS009 DLAS Marketing and Communications Strategy BLUE September 2019 Lauren Johnston-Smith Closed Close
DLAS010 Learning Analytics for DLAS BLUE April 2020 Kevin Hone Closed Close
DLAS011 Online Tutor Development Programme GREEN April 2020 Nikki Stuart In Progress Execute
DLAS012 Establishing Platform Data Store for DLAS BLUE November 2019 Andrew Stewart Closed Close
DLAS013 Chatbots for Admissions in DLAS pilot AMBER April 2020 David Thresher In Progress Execute
DLAS015 DLAS Market Research Toolkit BLUE November 2019 Lauren Johnston-Smith Closed Close
DLAS016 DLAS Learner and Student Communications BLUE May 2019 Lauren Johnston-Smith Not Started Initiate
DLAS017 Digital Marketing Professional Certificate GREEN April 2020 David Thresher In Progress Execute
DLAS018 Media Asset Management System AMBER April 2020 Colette Maxwell Closed Close
DLAS019 Expanding the Teacher Function Use Cases AMBER April 2020 Michael Gallagher In Progress Initiate
DLAS020 Student Support Course for Hybrid Learning Nikki Stuart In Progress Plan

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