Reporter 439, 27 September 1999

BBC staff switch on to virtual MA

The Virtual Science Park is helping 17 staff at the BBC study for MAs in media management without leaving their desks.

The pioneering course has been specially tailored by the Institute for Communications Studies for the students, whose working patterns make attendance on a conventional programme of study difficult. The VSP allows the BBC employees to download course materials, exchange information with colleagues via on-line bulletin boards and hold video-conference tutorials with their lecturers in communications studies.

The new students attended a three-day induction course in Leeds in July and will meet face to face with tutors at regular meetings, but the bulk of their studies will be carried out through their computers.

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