Centre for Online and Distance Education

Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper

Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper is Director of Academic Practice in Distance Education at the University of London and is Director of the Centre for Online and Distance Education. Linda's academic and professional career has spanned Higher Education, teaching, and Museum Education. Linda leads our PG Learning and Teaching in HE programme, working with higher education teachers across the Globe. Linda has extensive experience of working in varied International contexts and has a passion for supporting learners. Previous roles have included two posts as Dean.

Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper

Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper is Director of Academic Practice in Distance Education at the University of London and is Director of the Centre for Online and Distance Education. Linda's academic and professional career has spanned Higher Education, teaching, and Museum Education. Linda leads our PG Learning and Teaching in HE programme, working with higher education teachers across the Globe. Linda has extensive experience of working in varied International contexts and has a passion for supporting learners. Previous roles have included two posts as Dean.

Linda leads our PG Learning and Teaching in HE programme, working with higher education teachers across the Globe. Linda has extensive experience of working in varied International contexts and has a passion for supporting learners and teacher development. Building on over 25 years’ experience of leading and supporting high quality learning and teaching in Higher Education, Linda also leads the applied research Centre: CODE. Linda co-developed the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education with a team of colleagues from CODE. 

Leading communities of enquiry and practice through the Centre for Online and Distance Education ensures that innovation, development, and research into online and distance education are part of Linda’s everyday work and from this she draws great inspiration. Linda’s current areas of research focus on assessment practices in online contexts in higher education. 

For Linda working online and face to face with learners has kept her focussed on the excitement of facilitating that moment when the complex is grasped and the learner buzzes with their achievement. Linda continues to strive to provide opportunities for transformation for all learners.

Linda has benefited from the opportunity to work across the UK HE sectors in a wide range of Universities and teach at all academic levels, both face to face, online and at a distance. Linda has taken an active role supporting the professional development of HE staff as an education developer, mentor and coach. Linda has extensive experience of capacity building and works closely with colleagues in many locations to develop staff capabilities, skills and enthusiasm for digitally support and online education . Her experience of working in several academic disciplines and in a wide range of institutions brings a deep understanding of approaches to leadership, student support, research and teaching in the wider academy. Linda’s work is informed by the opportunities she has had in international posts in Higher Education - where she has enjoyed working with students, colleagues, and Institutions across the Globe.

Prior to joining the University of London, in 2016, Linda was Dean and Head of Glasgow Caledonian University’s London campus and Dean of the Royal Docks Business School at the University of East London. During her roles as Dean, Linda moved into the Business discipline after a long career in Education and Social Science, where posts included Associate Dean of Education and International Lead, and Head of Initial Teacher Training. Linda's original area of research was in Theoretical Chemical Physics. With a DPhil in Quantum Mechanics, her passion for Science and communication was put to good use when Linda became the first Science Education Officer at the British Museum, prior to this Linda was a secondary and primary teacher for over 8 years, working in the UK and Canada. 

Module/s taught

Supporting learning, teaching and assessment 
Enhancing learning, teaching and assessment 

Websites

https://www.london.ac.uk/centre-online-distance-education
www.linkedin.com/in/lamranecooper

Recent Publications, presentations and conferences

Amrane-Cooper, L, Baume D, Brown S, Hatzipanagos S, Powell P, Sherman S, Tait A (eds) (2023) ‘Online and Distance Education for a Connected World’, UCL Press, forthcoming. https://www.uclpress.co.uk/collections/open-access/products/215287

Amrane-Cooper, L, Hall, T (2023) ‘AI in Higher Education, Opportunities and Challenges’. The future of Education, How digital learning is transforming the classroom webinar. Athens, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-_Oo1Tq2Ko

Amrane-Cooper, L., Hatzipanagos, S., and Tait, A. (2022) ‘Measuring the impact of the move to online assessment in the University of London international programmes 2020-2022’ [Paper presentation]. Innovating Higher Education conference 2022: Digital Reset: European Universities Transforming for a Changing World. EADTU: Athens, Greece. 

Amrane-Cooper, L., S, Hatzipanagos and A. Tait ‘Developing student behaviours that support academic integrity in distance learning’, Open Praxis 13(4) 2022, pp.378–84. DOI: doi.org/10.55982/ openpraxis.13.4.461. Paper presented at Innovating Higher Education conference 2022, Athens, Greece by S, Hatzipanagos on behalf of the research team. 

Hughes, G., S. Hatzipanagos, L. Amrane-Cooper and A. Tait ‘Using the disruption of the pandemic to enhance assessment design in distance learning programmes’ [Paper presentation], International Assessment in Higher Education Conference 2022, 22–24 June 2022, Manchester, UK

Amrane-Cooper, L., S. Hatzipanagos and A. Tait ‘Developing student behaviours that support academic integrity in distance learning’, ICDE, Virtual Global Conference Week, October 2021. 

Amrane-Cooper, L., S. Hatzipanagos and A. Tait ‘Moving assessment online at scale’, RIDE 2021 conference, 18 June 2021, CODE. 

Amrane-Cooper, L. and A. Sanghera ‘Inclusive practice: learning from our students’, RIDE 2021 conference, 18 June 2021, CODE.

Hatzipanagos, S., A. Tait and L. Amrane-Cooper, L. ‘Towards a post Covid-19 digital authentic assessment practice: when radical changes enhance the student experience’, in Enhancing the human experience of learning with technology: new challenges for research into digital, open, distance and networked education, Proceedings 2020, Research Workshop, European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN).