Supervision of Postgraduate Independent Study in a Distance Learning Environment

Jenny Carter, Orestes Appel, Massimo Salomoni, Ioannis Vourgidis, Francisco Chiclana

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This chapter is written in collaboration with one past and two present Computer Science doctorate students who all studied a UK Master’s programme by distance learning and whilst living overseas; all three went on to study for a PhD in the same way, one completed and two are still current. The chapter explores their first-hand experience and ideas in order to arrive at some recommendations for achieving success with this kind of study. The exploration involves a narrative from each of the three co-authors who studied in this way. Not surprisingly, communication and engagement from supervisors/tutors and students are key here. However, other recommendations range from motivational elements – such as achieving publications, to the very practical, such as being supported with technical issues. The lessons learned from these experiences are particularly pertinent for distance students but many of them will resonate for on-site staff/student interactions just as well.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransnational Higher Education in Computing Courses
Subtitle of host publicationExperiences and Reflections
EditorsJenny Carter, Clive Rosen
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783030282516
ISBN (Print)9783030282509, 3030282503
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2019


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