Leading the way in transforming online learning

When deciding whether to undertake an online degree, one of the main considerations is the student experience: ‘will there be dedicated time with lecturers?’ and ‘how do you feel part of the student community?’

At the University of Birmingham, we are launching a new research project to look at the ways in which we can use ‘edtech,’ or education technology, to transform the online learning experience.

Dr Roshan Boojihawon is Director of the Online MSc International Business: “We are pioneering a new way to deliver fully-accredited, 100% online MBAs and master’s programmes. The likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Spotify, use intelligence-based systems to put people towards certain products and services that would appeal to them. We want to see how we can use our own data analytics to provide more intelligent support to our students.”

Ultimately, this means that we are using the very best technology available for students, so that it feels as if there is no difference between the student experience on campus and online.

Dr Daniel Chicksand, Director of the Online MBA, explains further: “In the online format, we’ve got the ability to see exactly where students are in the programme, how much time they’ve spent on a particular page and how they navigate through the learning experience.”

He adds, “we can therefore make sure that learning pathways are smoother and more rewarding for students by giving them constant and immediate feedback that you can’t always get in a face to face environment.”

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For Ceridwen Scerri, a student on the Online MBA, knowing she would be able to keep in touch with her lecturers regularly was an important consideration: “Given that I wanted to follow an online course, regular communication with the lecturers and students was crucial. The University of Birmingham offers weekly synchronous sessions which fit with my hectic lifestyle but also allow me to keep in touch with my studies.”

“The future is for more flexible learning programmes. Undertaking the Online MBA is in no way an easy option. The expectations for students are the same. In fact, students have to be more self-motivated and organised to fit their studies around their work,” Dr Chicksand concludes.

Designed and developed through the online platform, Canvas, our online degrees offer interactive features (including video content, live discussions, simulations and quizzes) to ensure that no student feels alone.

With the rise in availability of online courses, we continually seek to provide a guided student experience. If you would like to learn more about our 100% online degrees, please fill out our request information form or contact the Admissions team today.

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