Digital Learning Solutions

The University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) is a leading UK higher education institution for online learning serving a global community of circa 3,500 learners. Our Digital Learning Solutions team provide a range of online learning options, from our core undergraduate and postgraduate degrees through to professional development including bespoke short courses. We are currently developing a range of higher degree apprenticeships to support industry and business needs. Our free courses, known as MOOCs, specialize in specific subject areas to raise awareness of social issues and challenges.

As part of our Digital Learning Solutions, we partner with businesses and other institutions to support the design and development of engaging, relevant and flexible online learning. Our Digital Learning Solutions team combines pedagogically sound online learning design and technical know-how with business acumen to meet the needs of your organisation. We offer a range of digital learning services depending on your needs: refresh or enhance your existing training, convert face to face training into a flexible online option or to design and develop bespoke alternatives to meet your specific needs. Just as there are different ways to learn online, there are different types of learners. We design the student experience for an online journey to include structured and supported online learning, as well as independent, self-paced learning. We integrate authentic assessment approaches and utilise work-based knowledge.

Industry recognised accreditation

Through our close links with industry we offer professionally accredited qualifications, demonstrating practical relevance and quality assurance. Many of our programmes are accredited by professional bodies, so you can be sure your workforce will be learning the most up-to-date knowledge and practical skills that you are looking for.

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Background to UDOL

The University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) is the thriving distance learning division of the University of Derby. Experts in our field, with over a decade of experience the University of Derby has offered online distance learning programmes to students who require more flexible study options since 2001. As demand for this popular mode has increased, we have honed our approach to be leaders in design and development for online delivery. In 2011, based on the increasing success of our distance learning courses, we launched the University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL).

The University of Derby was recently awarded Gold in the prestigious Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This highlights our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, which is recognised in the UK Higher Education Sector. We were the first UK University to achieve the OpenupEd quality benchmark for our open courses. We continue to support employability for our students by providing real-world application and authentic assessment. We are proud that 96.3% of University of Derby graduates were in work or further study within 6 months (based on graduates in 2016), putting University of Derby in the top 30 UK higher education institutions for employability.

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Academic rigour

Our online distance learning degrees continue to match the high academic standards expected on campus in any British university. And we continue to exploit the latest research into online study to refine course delivery and increase the success of our online distance learning students.

Valued by industry

Our vocational online distance learning courses are particularly suited to busy, working professionals. Many of our degree courses are accredited by a professional body, providing assurance that our learning design and course content are relevant, and our qualifications are recognised and valued by industry.

With more than a decade of experience, we continue to lead the way in online learning. As part of a UK University, our dedicated Academic and Support staff are experts in their respective fields and specialists in online learning.

Quality at scale

We currently offer over 300 modules across over 40 programmes. Delivering across a trimester model – we deliver approximately 120 modules per trimester with over 30 modules in development, or redevelopment, in the run up to each of those trimesters.

Even at such scale, our courses remain designed specifically for online learning and are developed and delivered by staff with expertise in online learning design and development as well as in their subject area. Our unique course materials, our knowledgeable, responsive academic team and our friendly learning and digital design support team collaborate to ensure a relevant, stimulating, well-supported learning experience.

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