Centre for Online and Distance Education

About the Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE)

The Centre for Online and Distance Education (formerly known as CDE) is a community of experts and thought leaders in the field of online, distance, open and technology enhanced education drawn from across the University of London member institutions, and more widely from across the UK and internationally.

Our core function is to support the University of London and member institutions by promoting best practice in online and distance education.

Download a flyer that describes who we are and what we do (PDF).

Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper

About the Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE)

The Centre for Online and Distance Education (formerly known as CDE) is a community of experts and thought leaders in the field of online, distance, open and technology enhanced education drawn from across the University of London member institutions, and more widely from across the UK and internationally.

Our core function is to support the University of London and member institutions by promoting best practice in online and distance education.

Download a flyer that describes who we are and what we do (PDF).

Executive members

Director of CDE: Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper

  • Appointed by UoL
  • Director of Academic Practice in Distance Education
  • Budget holder, member of UoLW Senior Leadership Team, member of UoL Senior Management Group
  • Oversight of CDE Activity, projects, awards, events
  • Represents CDE internally and externally
  • Supported by CDE Administrator, Deputy Director and Executive

Dr J Simon Rofe Deputy Director – providing a wide range of support to the Centre, particularly to the Director and Administrator, and the broader membership. 

Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper leading on Conference & Events – sharing our showcase events (conferences, workshops, webinars) within the sector and beyond; helping with organisation, selection, programme and reporting,

Dr David Baume leading on Consultancy & Training –  looking for and supporting the preparation of bids and design for external opportunities e.g. commissioned research and training activities. Supporting our PGC LTHE,

Dr Gwyneth Hughes leading on CDE Projects – developing and engaging with the wide range of funded CDE projects and our annual Teaching and Research Awards, providing support in generating meaningful outputs,

Prof Stylianos Hatzipanagos leading on  Research and Scholarship  – seeking, updating and creating knowledge in Distance Education in HE by fostering research and dissemination. Supporting a strategy for research and scholarship outputs in peer-reviewed publications and relevant sector conferences, while measuring the impact of our collective work,

Prof Stephen Brown leading on Networking and Communications  – working with different stakeholders across UoL Member Institutions, and more widely to provide  relevant, timely, effective and widely recognised support for an international Community of Practice around Online, Distance and Technology Enhanced Learning. 

Dr Christina Howell-Richardson leading on The Open University of China project

Dr Matthew Phillpott leading on Educational design and learning technology
 
Dr Jonathan San Diego leading on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Student Fellows

Dr Sam Smidt leading on Visiting Scholars

Dr Michele Milner 

Prof Norbert Pachler

Fellows

There are currently 42 CDE Fellows. Our Fellows span a wide range roles including teachers, course leaders, senior managers, researchers, educational technologists, learning designers and policy advisors.  Meet our Fellows.

Student Fellows

This is an initiative whereby University of London distance learning students are given the opportunity to gain transferable skills through collaborating with Fellows on current projects funded by the Centre.  Typical topics include:

  • Educational research
  • Development of student support material
  • Project or resource evaluation
  • Focus group and other data gathering activities

Read more about our Student Fellows

Visiting scholars

Visiting Scholars have the opportunity to engage in projects and activities that are mutually agreed with identified intended outcomes. A bespoke programme of activities is developed to support the intended outcomes for the placement. Placements usually last for between four and six months. The nature of the placement can vary from specific research projects and evaluation, to capacity building, programme/short course development and training. Read more about Visiting Scholars.

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