The University of Manchester has decided that blended learning should continue in the long term with only ‘interactive’ content being delivered in person. Students are unhappy with the decision as we don’t feel like we were adequately consulted on the matter, and particularly for humanities subjects, this change could result in lower contact hours per week as non-interactive lectures make up the majority of the content in many degree programs.
Obviously it is essential that there is an option for online learning due to continued restrictions and access requirements, but the majority of students would be able to and would prefer to return to in-person teaching for the next academic year.
Furthermore, the university has said that fees would be the same, and this is unacceptable. Courses delivered online by institutions such as the Open University cost substantially leas money due to them being online and if the University chooses to put degrees partially or wholly online in the long term, tuition fees should reflect this.