Online Study A Growing Route To Degree Success

15 December 2010

Online Distance Learning

Online Distance Learning is growing significantly.

...studying a degree online from home is becoming a more appealing option for many people 

Julie Stone, University Online Distance Learning Manager.

The popularity of studying higher education qualifications online is soaring at the University of Derby, with the numbers of students doubling in two years.

In 2007/08 700 students were enrolled in foundation, honours and postgraduate degree courses but at the end of the 2009/10 academic year the number had soared to 1,400. More significant growth is predicted to be reported for this academic year.

University Online Distance Learning Manager, Julie Stone said: "With the current changes in the higher education sector following the Lord Browne report, studying a degree online from home is becoming a more appealing option for many people.

"It allows people to work while they study, and to choose the best programme for their needs without having to relocate.

"We're seeing an increase in people wanting to enrol on our online courses from around the UK as well as internationally, and we expect this trend to continue as people seek alternative ways of achieving higher education qualifications."

Christine Morrison recently graduated from the Environmental Heath online Masters degree course while living and working in Scotland's Western Isles.

She said: "Studying online was great as it allowed me to work full time as a food safety officer, with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council), while undertaking the qualification."

26% of the University's part time students are now studying online, accessing course material through a dedicated website, attending lectures delivered via video conferencing technology and getting support by telephone and email. Many are doing so from a distance; with people living as far away as Malta, Switzerland or the USA studying towards University of Derby degrees.

One of these students was Elly Phillips from San Francisco, who graduated with First Class Honours from the online BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology programme. This is the only fully online programme accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Elly said: "Studying online can be an excellent alternative to traditional study".

Because of this growing popularity, Derby is now looking to grow the number and variety of courses that it offers online.

For more information about the courses currently available, visit www.derby.ac.uk/online.

For more information please contact Press & PR Officer Joanna Colburn on 01332 593004 or 07775 036988, or email j.colburn@derby.ac.uk

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