Distance learning is a flourishing area, with the number of programs, provided via
remote delivery, increasing daily. At the same time, however, progress in the field of
accessibility and support for learners, who want to pursue education and training in the
area of materials science and engineering, has not always kept pace. An individual
interested in taking a materials course, or in simply finding out what is available, may
find himself/herself forced to locate and then plough through many unwieldy online
course listings. This may discourage many learners from pursuing the distance learning
In recent years, more and more distance learning databases have been developed and
made available on the World Wide Web. These distance-learning databases are aimed to
offer an information pool on many courses and programs that are available online and to
cater for users' specific needs of locating information. This need is equally applicable to
the area of materials science and engineering.
The purpose of this current research has been to explore Information and Technology
aspects of materials databases and closely study distance learning aspects. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.