Distance Learning MA Children’s Literature – Virtual Open Day

Our third Virtual Open Day for the MA in Children’s Literature by distance learning was held last Thursday. Individuals from the UK to Azerbaijan joined Laura Atkins and I for a fun event to learn more about the programme and the NCRCL.

Alison Waller talking about the Children's Literature MA by distance learning

We introduced everyone to the team and demonstrated the different teaching methods and tools on the MA. Laura spoke about some of the methods available, including ‘British Children’s Literature 1900-1960’, ‘Visual Texts’ and the new creative ‘Writing for a Child Audience’ module.

If you couldn’t attend the event, there is a recording of the session available now available to watch online. There are a few technical issues throughout, but it will give you a sense of what went on. Just follow these steps:

  • Follow this link and wait for the WebEx Player to load:
  • Before you start watching, go to the top Menu and click on ‘View’ – make sure that ‘Chat’, ‘Video’, ‘Participants’, and ‘Playback Tools’ are all ticked.
  • Watch until time 1.02.30

More details about the distance learning MA and PGDip can be found on the Virtual Open Day website. You can also get in touch with current students on the programme to ask more about the distance learning experience by clicking on the ‘Ask a Student’ button and registering quickly

Many thanks to all those who took part – and look out for more events in the future!


About Alison Waller

I am a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University in London. My main research areas are young adult fiction and the practice and philosophy of reading. My monograph Constructions of Adolescence in Fantastic Realism was published by Routledge in 2009 and I have also edited a collection of essays for the Palgrave Macmillan New Casebook Series on Melvin Burgess (2013). I am currently working on a project called Rereading Childhood Books: a Poetics, which asks how adults reread and negotiate relationships with books from their pasts.

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