UCLeXtend is our public facing e-learning platform for CPD and short courses. It was built to provide an environment support the delivery of a wide range of UCL's non-credit bearing Life Learning courses - but it also supports taster sessions, outreach, open courses and more. Take a look for yourself: https://extend.ucl.ac.uk - there's a selection of open free courses which are worth exploring.
UCLeXtend provides an opportunity for (potentially) anyone to register, pay (optional) and gain access to an online learning environment (based on Moodle). Courses tend to be blended, or fully (online).
There are three core areas to UCLeXtend that are worth exploring, and considering how they align to your ideas:
- Course catalogue - get listed; have a space for people to find your course, promote the key information and start the registration, payment and learning journey. Most courses are directly linked to the Life Learning course catalogue.
- Registration and payment - learners register with their own email and chosen password. They can pay (when required) via most major credit or debit cards. Invoices payments are available, but more time consuming. Vouchers and other discounts can also be utilised.
- Course space - the Moodle-base online learning environment provide a familiar space to develop blended or online courses.
There are, however, also a few limitations of UCLeXtend which you should also be aware of:
- Access to library materials - UCLeXtend learners are not registered students of UCL - they have no library access.
- Credit - registered users of UCLeXtend do not become UCL students. Therefore you can not run a credit-bearing course via UCLeXtend*
- Awards / certificates - there's no certification or awarding within the platform (such as certificate of attendance) - although this is being worked on (due Q4, 2016).
How do I use it? Overview:
- Get listed: Course catalogue
- Attract people: Promotion, registration and optional payment
- Delivery: online learning environment (Moodle-based)
- Review, evaluate and strengthen.
1. Get listed: Course catalogue
UCLeXtend takes some of the pain away when advertising your courses to your intended audience. Courses are typically advertised via the UCL Life Learning catalogue, highlighting information regarding course content, mode of delivery, costs, and scheduling, and you have complete control over what is included in the entry.
2. Attract people: Promotion, registration and payment
Once someone is interested in your course, UCLeXtend provides the functionality for them to register and access your online learning space. Learners register with their own email address and password. Courses which charge provide a safe and secure method for taking payment for a course.
- Payment via credit/debit card is preferred (it's quick and easy) and provides instant access to the Moodle course space.
- Payment via invoice (or other arrangement) is available. Departments process all invoice-based payments. Access is deferred until payment is confirmed.
- Multiple/bulk seat purchasing and discount vouchers can also be utilised.
3. Delivery: Online learning environment (Moodle)
UCLeXtend uses Moodle which can be used to build an online space for your course (or similar). We can help you plan and build your course, and there's plenty of people with extensive Moodle knowledge across the university who can share examples of what they've done already. As your learners are external to UCL, you can not assume they'll have access to the same resources as a UCL student - such as licensed library materials.
4. Review, evaluate and strengthen
Your course needs to capture feedback from the learners, to build on what works and improve what didn't. We've got a standard post-course evaluation form you're welcome to use. You may want to start small, gather feedback and grow the resource over time. Or, sometimes funding is limited so you'll need to build a course that can be self-sustaining for the remaining period of it being available.
Next steps: How does it all happen? Course development process
The next step is to take a look through the steps above in much more detail, start planning out your ideas and talking to us and your colleagues. You don't really have to read everything from the outset (no-one ever does) but it might help to read ahead, to get a sense of the journey you're embarking on.
Return to the Home page and start exploring here, pick up the phone or email us.