Our new MA in English Language and Linguistics by Distance Learning got underway about a month ago. Our students are based both in Britain and in other countries, stretching around the globe from Asia to Africa to North America. It’s a diverse and international group of talented students.
As the convenor of the distance learning MA, I was concerned before I started that the distance would make it difficult for the students to form a community, and for me to get to know them as individuals. But I am delighted to say that neither of those concerns has been borne out. We’ve used discussion boards and video/photo introductions on Blackboard to help us all get to know everyone, and I’m already discussing individual research interests with them in our Research Methods module. (The RM module develops skills in best practices at the PG level for the study of language and linguistics.)