Adopting an organisation wide approach to scaling up online learning means that your institution takes proper account of the wide range of factors that need to be considered.
Use your intelligence
Gathering market intelligence, and identifying demands and expectations feeds in to developing an appropriate business case for your institution. Using this information to identify business models leads to the development of strategies and policies that shape the provision of online learning.
An institutional audit of your existing online learning provision will highlight champions and good practice and can provide valuable evaluation data to inform future developments.
Working in partnership
Making sure that your teaching and support staff are fully informed, engaged and appropriately trained is a crucial aspect of providing equitable and high quality online learning experiences for your students.
Building and maintaining new partnerships within and outside your institution is another important aspect that can ensure that online learning provision can meet demands, be sustainable and incorporate future needs.
Operational and systems integration
All of your central institutional services need to support online learning activities and students, from teaching and technical support to pastoral and careers advice. Systems must work together to gather, manage and share data and information in new ways.
Curriculum design and delivery
Curriculum design is a critical factor for new and existing courses. New technologies offer exciting opportunities for redesign and existing technologies can be used in different ways. It is even more important to engage online students, and offer timely and useful feedback to ensure retention and attainment.
We recommend you reading our accompanying guide, curriculum design and support for online learning which will take you through decisions around pedagogy, and help you consider what kinds of support your staff and students will need.
Our technology and tools for online learning guide discusses a range of issues and choices that need to be made around using technologies. It also considers different technologies and offers examples of their use in an educational context.