Distance-learning

Distance Learning in Scottish business schools

6 April, University of Stirling, Scotland

Distance learning provision offers enormous potential for business schools and greater flexibility for students. However, with implementation comes challenges – for students these may include support from lecturers, interactivity and technology whilst for business schools it can range from strategic goals to content delivery.

This workshop will explore how Scottish business schools can address the challenges of delivering and growing successful distance learning programmes. Speakers will stimulate discussion on the business case for distance learning, growth strategies and the value of accreditation. Delegates will also discuss how to deliver effective student experience and support by managing technological literacy, non-native language instruction, institutional support for distance learners, and copyright issues.

The workshop will cover the following key areas:

  • Going Global: Effective Strategies for Growth;
  • Effectively supporting online students at a distance;
  • Case Study: Delivering an MSc in Florida, United States;
  • Massive open online course (MOOC) on Marketing;
  • Distance Learning and accreditations;
  • Blended Learning.

Speakers include:

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Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head of School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (Chair)

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Grant MacKerron, Academic Director and University Lead in Online Programme Developments, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University

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Alan Somerville, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Stirling Business School, University of Stirling

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Kirsteen Close, Postgraduate Programme Leader, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University

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Dr Anna Morgan-ThomasAssociate Director, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

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Dr Robert Van Der Meer, MBA Academic Director, University of Strathclyde Business School

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Professor George Burt, Deputy Dean, Stirling Management School

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Dr Jackie Brodie, School Academic Lead in Online Education, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University

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Dawn Anderson, Programme Leader for the MSc Risk Management, Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University

Mary-Brennan

Dr Mary Brennan, Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Head of Marketing Group, University of Edinburgh Business School

11.30 Registration and refreshments
11.40 Welcome
Professor George Burt, Deputy Dean, Stirling Management School
Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head of School of Social Sciences, Herriot-Watt University (Chair)
12.00 Going Global: Effective Strategies for Growth and Student Support in Online Learning
Dr Jackie Brodie, School Academic Lead in Online Education and Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
Grant MacKerron, Academic Director and University Lead in Online Programme Developments, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
12:30 "Flying Faculty": Delivering Aberdeen Business School’s MSc International Business in Florida
Kirsteen Close, Postgraduate Programme Leader, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
13:00 Dipping our toes into the world of MOOCs: The case of the newly launched MOOC in Marketing at University of Edinburgh Business School
Dr Mary Brennan, Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Head of Marketing Group, University of Edinburgh Business School
13:30 Lunch
14:00 International partnerships and the problem of accreditation – the move towards the ideal of a global campus
Alan Somerville, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Stirling Business School, University of Stirling
14:30 Different options for distance learning
Dr Robert Van Der Meer, MBA Academic Director, University of Strathclyde Business School
15:00 Of horses, possums and hogs: SPOCs and doctoral training in research methods
Dr Anna Morgan-Thomas, Associate Director, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
15:30 Delivering at a distance: key considerations when developing programmes for online delivery
Dawn Anderson, Senior Lecturer, Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University
16:00 Chair's closing remarks
16.10 Close
  • Deans
  • Associate Deans
  • Programme Directors
  • Directors of Learning and Teaching
  • Managers responsible for Distance Learning, marketing and recruitment

4th Floor, Cottrell Building
Queen’s Court
University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA

Fee: £95 per delegate

If you have any queries, please contact Luis Belmonte on luis.belmonte@charteredabs.org or 020 7634 9583.