Last week we here in the Online Learning Team were very honoured to be welcomed into the fold of Senate Fellows at the University of Sheffield. This award was given to us for Collaborative Activities for the course Forensic Facial Reconstruction: Finding Mr X. that we produced with Dr Katherine Linehan from the Department for Biomedical Science.
It was a very exciting day; one that required us to wear our finest, don the gowns of our respective universities and parade through a filled graduation hall to take our place on the stage. Team leader Layla Croll and Dr Linehan accepted the award on behalf of all the whole team and then it was our pleasure to remain in place and help congratulate 2017 graduates from the Faculty of Science.
Forensic Facial Reconstruction: Finding Mr X is a free online course which uses a real-life murder investigation by South Yorkshire Police as the basis to examine how forensic science techniques can be used to determine the identity of an unknown person.
Earlier in 2017 it ran as an open online course AND as an online component for a Forensic Anatomy module, marking the first time Sheffield students worked alongside learners from the general public and was received very well.
Following on from this successful first run, and our much-appreciated Senate Fellowship, the course will run again on Monday 16 October and is now open for enrollment.
As well as being designed for undergraduate study, the course also advertised the new MSc in Human Anatomy and Education from BMS, which is now fully recruited. We are currently working on more online components for this course and are grateful to the University for acknowledging our hard work.