Digital Transformation through Fully Online Education

Towards the end of 2019, the Digital Education Service launched our first online MSc in Engineering Management in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. This course has attracted and enrolled 228 students since its launch. Building on this success, another new fully online masters course (MSc Artificial Intelligence) launched in March this year in partnership with the School of Computing and has recruited 45 students in its first two intakes.

Eric Atwell, Professor of Artificial Intelligence for Language in the School of Computing commented:

Working with DES in developing the AI programme has been productive and I would say even inspirational, in helping us to explore new ways of teaching. The new online AI MSc programme is proving a success, with a strong first cohort of students and prospects for attracting hundreds of students around the world.  An unforeseen benefit has been possibilities to explore future opportunities to link our AI research to digital education; to develop research in AI text analytics for digital education, and to work further with DES in integrating AI text analytics methods and tools into Minerva for wider use in teaching.

Throughout April, Helen Durham, Associate Professor in Geographical Information Science & Education and Academic Lead for Fully Online Learning, has led Q&A and one-to-one drop-in sessions to support academics interested to find out more about developing fully online programmes. These sessions have proven successful with a real interest in exploring the various options available. Helen is keen to run more of these sessions in the near future, so lookout for an announcement in the staff e-news.

We anticipate that the interest generated so far continues to develop to support the digital transformation and fully online education strategies. This is an exciting new chapter for our educational offering allowing us to reach a new cohort of global learners.

For more information on developing fully online programmes, please see the fully online education page.