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A new book, Enhanced learning and teaching with technology is now available via UCL and Institute of Education Press.

Global training takes off

Teaching staff from across the globe are benefiting from the innovative online professional development degree offered by the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London. The Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education brings together teaching staff from a very wide range of subjects to develop their skills in classroom and online teaching.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education has been specifically designed for those teaching, tutoring and supporting the learning of students in higher education.

The programme has an impact on teacher's practice. Kholah Yaruq Malik (Director International Qualifications and Quality Assurance The Millennium University College, Pakistan) who completed the programme in March 2019 said, 

I chose to study the PGCert Higher Education programme because I felt the need to learn, unlearn and relearn. Being in higher education, I feel it's imperative to go back to the classroom for a new perspective on teaching and learning. As a teacher I have incorporated many things from the course into my teachings, from small things like peer review, to using wiki and the importance of students' existing knowledge (schemata) and so much more.

What research says about how and why learning happens

CDE Fellow David Baume has co-written, with Open University Regius Professor Eileen Scanlon, two new chapters on learning, a collaboration with the Careers Group and a new report about future visions for education in 2008. It was edited by UCL Professor of Learner Centred Design Rosemary Luckin.

The book Enhanced learning and teaching with technology is available on the UCL IOE Press website.

Supporting e-learning developments for The Careers Group CDE

Fellows Professor Stephen Brown, Dr Endrit Kromidha and Julie Voce are working with The Careers Group, University of London, to identify how the Careers Group can proactively develop their e-learning practice across all colleges and the challenges that need to be overcome to do so.

If you would like help or advice about e-learning development and distance learning contact

Digital heaven or Uberisation of academia?

A new report by a CDE-organised think-tank analyses current trends and presents four contrasting visions of possible futures for digital education in 2028. The authors argue that, in order to be ready for the challenges of the next decade, institutions and governments need to invest now in change management; building relationships with other players in the education ecosystem; and provide digital skills training for all teachers.

Have your say by responding to the Digital Educator Project Report Poll.