Training and Consultancy

CDE offers consultancy, project management, staff development and evaluation.

All of our services are supported by a range of senior and experienced academics and professionals in the field of open, distance, blended and online learning.

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Training and Consultancy

CDE offers consultancy, project management, staff development and evaluation.

All of our services are supported by a range of senior and experienced academics and professionals in the field of open, distance, blended and online learning.

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New: Masterclasses for 2020/2021

CDE is available to provide masterclasses in a wide range of learning, teaching, assessment and technology areas relevant to colleagues preparing for the autumn term, as well as strategic planning for the challenges of flexible provision in 2020/2021. 

Some examples of CDE training, development and consultancy work:

Staff development

A programme of workshops for colleagues in The Careers Group to help them enhance online learning design capability, following a review of current practice and trends in the field.

A series of interactive webinars following a training needs analysis exercise with colleagues at UoL Recognised Teaching Centres covering:

  • Approaches to Interactive and distributed online learning. (For Teaching staff, technology support staff).
  • Student Experience. (For Library, careers, well-being and student life cycle staff.)
  • Strategic planning and management. (For Institution leaders, Department heads).

Online learning course design, assessment, tutoring and management

While moving to online education can mean simply uploading notes to the VLE and delivering lectures via videoconferencing, good use of learning technologies allows so much more to be done to engage students in active learning through exploration, reflection, debate, collaboration and creation. CDE has been offering practical assistance to UoL programme teams and others to develop effective, engaging learning technologies-enhanced courses for almost 20 years, as well as developing and running our own highly regarded online PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Distance learning courses that we have contributed to include Accounting (UCL), Business Administration (Royal Holloway), Citizenship and History Education (UoL), Computing (Goldsmiths), Dentistry (Kings), Diplomacy (SOAS), Education (UCL), Energy and Climate Policy (SOAS), Eye Care (LSHTM), Global Public Policy (SOAS), Global Security (SOAS), History (SAS), International Development (SOAS), Law (Queen Mary), Livestock Health and Production (RVC), Molecular Biology (Birkbeck), Public Health (RVC), Veterinary Education (RVC).

Strategy and policy

A programme of workshops and symposia delivered in Nigeria and London over three years in a strategic collaboration with the National Universities Commission in Nigeria, aimed at building capacity for the development, delivery and support of open and distance learning in Nigerian higher education to meet national policy objectives.

Bespoke research, evaluation and reviews

Projects commissioned by other parts of the University of London on a broad range of issues including plagiarism, digital literacy, student progression and completion, student learning practices, equality and diversity, using AI in teaching, student use of online tools.

Self-help resources

Freely downloadable guidelines, workbooks, discussion papers, technology reviews, presentations, webinar recordings and links to external resources such as MOOCs and to other organisations offering advice and resources in flexible, blended, online and distance learning.

Coping with Covid-19 

A curated set of guidelines and activities to help colleagues move teaching, learning and assessment online  in response to Covid-19, including a webinar series examining emergency responses and longer term planning issues and solutions.


The CDE Visiting Scholars scheme is open to enquiries from interested individuals who wish to engage in projects and activities concerned with high quality teaching and research in open and distance learning locally, nationally and internationally. Placements at CDE usually last for between four and six months. The nature of the placement can vary from specific research projects, to skills development. A bespoke programme of activities is developed to support the intended outcomes for the placement. Scholars from from Gansu and Ningbo Radio and TV Universities respectively, both branches of OU China, recently spent 3 months each with CDE researching distance learning issues relevant to their home institutions, supervised by CDE Fellows.  Our scheme may be particularly useful for those looking to develop their skills and expertise in online education in response to longer term moves to digital education triggered by the Coronavirus.

Supporting Student Success

This annual CDE event offers professional development for colleagues in the field of distance and online learning.

Research in Distance Education and e-Learning

Our annual Research in Distance Education and e-Learning conference addresses current issues, practice and research in distance education. 

Contact us

To discuss with us how we can help you and your teams contact

NIgera Abuja workshop 2018
“When can we have more workshops like this?"

CDE/NUC workshop participant, Abuja 2018