Quality of online teaching at universities to be reviewed

The quality of online teaching and ‘blended learning’ at universities in the United Kingdom is set to be reviewed, over fears that students’ poor experiences of online learning during the pandemic may have undermined the potential of mixing face-to-face lectures with online study, reports PA News Agency.

The Office for Students (OfS) has launched a review to explore how universities are delivering blended learning, which will aim to give students and applicants information on whether the elements of their courses taught online are of a high enough quality. While most students have returned to in-person teaching, many universities are continuing to deliver parts of their courses online, the OfS said.

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, said the “return to relative normality is important” and that it “remains very important that universities and colleges are clear with their students and their applicants about how courses will be delivered”. She said universities needed to be “explicit” about which elements of courses remained online and that whether modules were delivered online or face to face, “the quality must be good, and feedback from students taken into account”.
Full report on the South Wales Guardian site