There is growing interest in setting up distance learning programmes, prompted by reductions in higher education (HE) funding, and the opportunities to reach a wider market. There are many perceptions about distance learning, including that it involves less, or more efficient, teaching and that it is a source of easy revenue generation. This chapter reflects upon the issues and lessons learned through setting up and running an MSc in Geographic Information Science (GIS) by distance learning over ten years. To produce a successful distance learning programme, we consider particular consideration is needed in: structuring the administrative systems to support learners; creating effective communication routes; addressing the need for formative feedback; and managing academic staff buy-in. The chapter will also cover educational partnerships issues because this is a collaborative programme between three higher education institutions (HEIs). This collaboration has great advantages in terms of brand coverage and variety of modules on offer, but makes administration incredibly complex.
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