Evolution of online learning: informing learning and teaching for the future

Date and time
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
11.00 - 17.00

Virtual event

This event is free to attend.

Please be aware that the timings displayed above may change.

We are delighted to host our third Online Learning Summit as the University of Derby Online Learning celebrates a decade of designing and developing online learning for a global student body. The COVID-19 lockdown has not impacted our attention to intentional design and the online student experience; however, we have seen how online academic practice has helped shape and inform the rapid shift to remote teaching and learning.  

Overview and objectives

The COVID-19 lockdown has challenged higher education institutions and students alike to respond swiftly to shifts in learning and teaching. We find ourselves asking if online is blended and is blended online? Does the umbrella of flexible learning protect from the conundrum of definitions and actual pedagogic practice? 

At this year’s Summit, we will have three panels around relevant themes and a series of six-minute lightning talks aimed at sharing focused research output, case studies or examples of shifts in practice.


1. Principles and standards for online learning

2. Pedagogic research for online learning 

3. Online learning for professional development 


If you wish to exhibit, please contact Margaret Korosec at M.Korosec@derby.ac.uk for more information.  

Submit a proposal

We would love to hear about the challenges and opportunities with online learning at your institution. We invite you to submit your proposal based around one of the three themes below for consideration: 

Theme 1: Principles and standards for online learning 

Theme 2: Pedagogic research for online learning 

Theme 3: Online learning for professional development 

This call closes on 9 May and you will be informed of the outcome after 16 May.

Submit a proposal

Quotes from previous summits

“There was a real sense of community among the organisers, speakers and delegates.” 

“I enjoyed the variety of speakers during the day and in particular the fact that each one only had a short slot as the frequently changing ‘faces’ (voices) held my attention in a virtual environment. “ 

“I enjoyed the openness and candid nature of all involved. An excellent event, thank you.” 

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