University of Derby Online Learning

The University of Derby Online Learning is the thriving distance learning division of the University of Derby. Since 2001, the University of Derby has offered online distance learning to students who required more flexible study options. As demand for these popular online distance learning courses increased, we learned to tailor course content specifically for online delivery. And in 2011, based on the increasing success of our distance learning courses, we launched the University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL). Today, our online distance learning degrees continue to match the high academic standards one would expect on campus in any British university. And we continue to exploit the latest research into online study to refine course delivery and increase the success of our online distance learning students.

4 August 2015
East Midlands
Local Alliances:
Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The University of Derby Online Learning’s primary role is through the development and delivery of courses. These courses are based on strategy, policy and evidence related to dementia and encourage students to take a leadership role within their workplace or community to improve the lives of people living with dementia. These courses have been designed in conjunction with stakeholders, and are at level 6 and 7 (University Advanced Diploma in Dementia Care, Bsc (Hons) Nursing Studies, Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia Care).


We have also developed a massive open online course on dementia, entitled ‘Bridging the Dementia Divide’. This course is free and open for anyone to study; the purpose of this course is to provide a global platform for students to come together to work for the benefit of people with dementia. The course also matches our widening participation agenda, allowing anyone to study.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

UDOL consists of a large body of people who may not have an awareness of the growing issue of dementia. This could present a challenge as people may not believe it to be a problem which needs addressing. That being said, UDOL’s senior management team have pro-actively supported the development of dementia courses.


Course developments take time due to University processes. Time presents a significant challenge to ensure that programmes are developed in a timely way and remain current and up to date. We ensure that programmes are led by evidence and meet the student demand before developing them but this can mean a course may take a year to develop.

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2. Actions

  • We will run and develop academic courses on dementia

    We have already validated and developed a University Advanced Diploma in Dementia Care, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia Care. These modules are also part of a BSc Nursing Studies (top up) course for registered nurses.


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  • We will run and develop a massive open online course on dementia

    A massive open online course (MOOC) is a very large course which is open and free to access. These courses regularly attract 5000-10000 students, with some reaching 100,000. We recognise the potential of MOOCs to provide a platform to bring people together for the benefit of people living with dementia; and see them as a unique tool to engage people in dementia awareness.


    We have already developed the course which will run in July, and is likely to run at regular intervals after that date.

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  • We will provide dementia awareness training for all our staff

    We have around 70 on-campus members of staff and 300 members of staff who work from home. Through engagement sessions at away days, we will provide awareness training for all our staff. This might be face to face or online.


    Dementia is on the University’s agenda for training and upskilling its staff and the HR department are looking at how they can use one of our courses as training for all staff.

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