Carol Elston

Carol Elston

My role is Head of Digital Education at the University of Leeds. I work with a team of 50 and our remit is to to develop innovative online courses.

Location The University of Leeds, England, UK.


  • Reflection posted at 7.33 am local time.

    We hope to see some of you on the final assessment course which starts on the 9th January. We will welcome you as an online student at the University of Leeds for up to five weeks whilst you study to achieve 10 academic credits.

    For others still working through the program, we will see you on the 23rd January for...

  • Jon's reflection was posted at 8am local time. Lots to consider in this week's post.I hope you enjoy reading it and continue the discussion. Carol

  • Reflection posted at 8.00 am local time. I hope you have enjoyed this course and we look forward to welcoming you to the next course in the program. If you are considering moving forward to gain University credit, please take the end of course test on the next step. Some of you are just one course away from being eligible for joining the assessment course in...

  • Reflection added at 9.16 am local time. Great to see so many diverse discussions on this course. Enjoy next week. Carol

  • Reflection added at 9.00 am local time.

  • I hope you have managed to find time to watch the recording Rosalie.

  • I hope you are able to find time to watch the video Adrie. Maybe during the week between courses?

  • Reflection posted at 8.10 local time. Another vibrant course with plenty of inspiring discussion. We look forward to welcoming you back to the next course in the Program.

  • Thank you for your kind comments David. I will speak to FutureLearn regarding possible payment methods and get back to you.

  • Reflection added 8.10 local time. The discussion in this course is inspiring. I hope you all enjoy next week. Carol

  • Jon's reflection was uploaded at 8.30 local time. I would also like to add my thanks on behalf of the Digital Learning Team for your contributions to the stimulating discussions in this course.

    It is always important to remember that the vast majority of learners do not join the discussions but are there reading the posts. I would like to extend my thanks...

  • Dear Harry. I'm sure that Jon will address this later but I do suggest that you also email the admissions team in the School of Geography who will be able to provide all the information you need. The link is on the last step in the course. We would be delighted if you joined us here for your UG study.

  • Dear Margaret the room will not be open until 14.00 GMT+1 on Thursday 15th (today). If you find your engagement is cancelled and you do have time please try again then.

  • Jon's reflection posted at 7.50 am local time.

    Thanks to everyone who has provided constructive suggestions for improvements to this course during this first week. Your feedback is always appreciated. My team spends many months developing a course and are always anxious to see how the materials are received - they are also keen to find ways to make the...

  • Thank you for your comment Rebbeca we will consider this for the next run of the course. Providing alternative texts might be helpful. Can I ask what's texts you referenced? Carol

  • There is no need to remember them all Ama, you can always return to this step or download/print the PDF.

  • That is a helpful reflection Denise. Thank you.

  • We will look at discussing online in more detail next week Aly. Hopefully we will all develop the skills to create discussion threads. Using 'most liked' is a good way to see the more popular conversations.

  • Thanks for that helpful response Dorival.

  • We use the same question. We hope that this is a topic that most people are comfortable discussing. The aim next week is to encourage learners to join in the discussion and use 'reply' to develop a thread rather than generating a steam of individual comments. We will see if this is the case next week!

  • Some great ideas but don't lose sight of the fact that this is about discussion. It is easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm of sharing your thoughts but remember to read the ideas of others and provide feedback using 'reply'. Use 'most liked' to view some of the more popular suggestions.

  • Welcome Samantha. I hope you find the course appropriate and relevant for your students.

  • A PDF version has been added to the step.

  • Yes you can come back to it at any time. We have also added it as a PDF.

  • Good morning Novi. We have included transcripts of all videos so please do use those if the internet is not preforming for you!

  • Many thanks Phil. That is a great way to sum up the course. Would you be happy for me to use your comment when promoting or reflecting on the course in the future?

  • Good morning Paula, you are certainly not late - other learners will be joining in at various times over the next 4 weeks. The joy of online learning is you can fit it around your timetable!

  • Welcome to the course Natascha - please do share your expertise and experience as you move through the course.

  • Welcome Lesley, I hope this course helps you to move forward with your business idea.

  • Welcome Karina, please do share your business experience on the course,

  • Welcome Fatima, I hope you enjoy the course.

  • Hi Janine. Just to let you know the course is running again in October. Hope to see you then.

  • Thanks Tom, I will forward this.

  • Don't forget to use the Follow option to easily view the comments from your colleagues.

  • Welcome Sue. Please do join in the discussion around the M&S case studies. I'm sure your experience will be of interest to this really diverse group of learners; already we have learners introducing themselves from around the world.

  • Good afternoon Anand! Still Monday morning here in Leeds and the sun is shining. A good way to start the week. I hope you enjoy the course.

  • Welcome Silvia. I'm sure this course will provide an excellent foundation with plenty of case studies to explore.

  • You are all correct it is splenorenal. I can only apologise for this slip in our editing. As Jeni says we are dealing with this by voiding this question so that it does not contribute to your test score. This will be fair to all learners and progress scores will be amended accordingly.

  • The following text has been entered into Q5:

    Sorry, a mistake slipped into this question. We are dealing with this by voiding this question so that it does not contribute to your test score. This will be fair to all learners and progress scores will be amended accordingly.

    The correct answer is splenorenal as you all rightly say . My apologies. Carol

  • Fair comment Deborah. We will add them on Monday!

  • Please bear with me on this. James is out of the country today with intermittent internet access. I will check with him as soon as I can and get back to you as soon as I can.

  • Hi Nicola; we are so pleased you are enjoying the course. We have included your comment in an email to try and encourage some learners who have signed up but not yet started to come on board!

  • Hi Les; we are so pleased you are enjoying the course. We have included your comment in an email to try and encourage some learners who have signed up but not yet started to come on board! I must apologise, somewhere in the process the last t from your name got lost. I'm sorry about this.

  • The course will remain open after the 3 weeks so you can return at your leisure to any of the videos.

  • Welcome Cat, I hope you enjoy the course. You will find our more about the stomach in week 2.

  • No, not at all. The tests are simply for your own benefit, to help you gauge your understanding.

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