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Teaching and Learning Support Office


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There are currently approximately 7,000 distance learning students registered on distance learning courses supported by hundreds of distance learning practitioners from across all four faculties of The University of Manchester. The Manchester Distance Learning Network (MaDLeN) brings together these distance learning practitioners. Membership of MaDLeN is open and includes academics and support staff who have a distance learning remit or interest. This virtual community of practice has been developed by MaDLeN as a hub of distance learning information for both students and practitioners.


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Information and resources for prospective and current teachers of distance learning. For example:

  • benefits of distance learning
  • why do distance learning?
  • how to get started
  • library services
  • MOOCs (Massive open online courses)
  • MaDLeN meetings

See the Teaching page.


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Information and resources for all distance learning practitioners. For example:

  • distance learning contacts
  • conferences, seminars and workshops
  • funding opportunities
  • international distance learning organisations
  • links to literature
  • distance learning networks
  • social media

See the Community page.


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Resources for distance learning students. For example:

  • information for prospective students, including what is distance learning?; student testimonials; reasons to study distance learning at the University of Manchester; studying from overseas
  • list of current distance learning courses
  • student finance
  • student support
  • support from your Faculty
  • MOOCs (Massive open online courses)

See the Studying page.

MaDLeN Events

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There are currently no scheduled MaDLeN events.

To view podcasts and presentations from our previous events, please see below:

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Contact us

This webpage will be periodically updated and added to. If you have any comments or suggestions about this webpage and the associated resources, please contact pamela.j.vallely@manchester.ac.uk

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