1st November 2000




A pioneering Hull academic has led the first ever on-line real time conference for off-campus students at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


Eight Work-Based Learning students hooked up to the university’s Virtual Campus this week and took part in an on-line synchronous conference organised by Dina Lewis of the Centre for Access and Lifelong Learning at ULH.


The at-a-distance conference was the first to be tried out at the university – and the students enjoyed it so much that this new approach to supporting learning looks set to be a permanent feature of the Work-Based Learning programme from now on.


“It gave the students a real buzz and they all felt that they were involved in something really exciting,” said Dina, who acted as tutor/moderator during the conference.


“On-line conferencing is just one way in which new multimedia facilities can be used to support dynamic approaches to learning, and it’s particularly useful for us as it provides peer support for isolated students.”


The one-hour conference involved students following the Programme Planning unit of the Work-Based Learning degree offered by ULH.


“It was fun and entertaining,” said Hannah Thoresby (26), who is studying on the Graphic Design Work-Based Learning degree while working full-time at MW Design and Marketing Ltd in Hull.


“It’s a good way to interact with other students on the course, because obviously we’re all on a distance learning programme and therefore don’t meet as often as students would on campus.”


The conference was such a success that students now plan to hold their own unmoderated conference later this week.


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Jez Ashberry

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University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042