Universities Lockdown Challenge

13th May 2020

The impact of the lockdown upon universities and students has been enormous, some sources even estimating the cost facing the higher education sector to be as high as £1bn. This has resulted in UK universities rushing to deliver their degrees online which most are ill prepared for. With the added financial pressure of tens of thousands of international students cancelling their studies, the importance of converting classroom training into high quality, high impact e-learning that doesn’t cost a fortune has never been more pressing.

According to Tim O’Shea, the former vice-chancellor of Edinburgh University and an expert in computer based learning, it could cost universities on average £10m to create five or six new online degree courses. Faced with such overwhelming costs during a time when universities could lose around £2.5bn next year, universities are under incredible strain to keep courses open and fulfil their responsibilities to their current student body.


This is where we can help.


As one of the UK’s leading e-learning suppliers to the Higher Education sector, we understand the unique pressures and challenges faced by academic Heads of Departments and Learning and Development Managers within the HEI context.

We have developed an offering called Course Maker which allows us to work with your SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) to create high quality courses, using your existing resources in a cost-effective and efficient process.



We will work with you to produce, high quality academic courses that can be used for distance learning programmes, or to augment your lecture room experience. All courses are SCORM 1.2 compliant and feature online reporting so you can see at a glance who has completed the course and assessment scores.

In these financially challenging times, online e-learning solutions offer a great ROI per student by:

  • improving student performance
  • increasing the marketability of courses to part-time and distance learners and;
  • increasing the reputation and international reach of the university.


  • Accessibility
  • Smartphone compatible
  • Works with all major SCORM compliant LMS (including Moodle and Blackboard)


Course Maker

To find out more about how we can help you move your current lectures or seminars online and the Course Maker offering we use at Marshalls, contact our friendly team.

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