What you’ll learn
UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) reports that over 91% of the world’s student population – a total of 1,576,021,818 learners across 188 countries and in all sectors – were affected in spring 2020 by the closure of educational institutions as part of a broader ‘lockdown’ strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many institutions have had to rush their teaching online, at an unprecedented scale. Student assessment has also been affected, with many exams cancelled and others moved online, creating uncertainty for all involved.
Regardless of when the pandemic ends, knowing how to create engaging online courses for adults will be a key skill moving forward, now that distance and online learning are used so widely.
On this microcredential, you’ll cover topics including:
- What’s involved in teaching remotely, and in being an online educator.
- How students learn online and at a distance.
- How to evaluate the appropriateness of pedagogies for specific sectors, subjects, study outcomes and learners.
- Strategies for implementing online and distance teaching and learning approaches.
- How to design online and distance courses, and choose the right technologies for delivery.
- Approaches to creating assessments at a distance and online.
- How to support diverse learners, in diverse contexts, online and at a distance.
- The benefits of online and distance learning.
- How to identify, and navigate, the ethical implications of moving your provision online.
- How to work safely when teaching online, including how to support your learners’ safety.
By the end of the course, you’ll have learnt how to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how adults learn online, and at a distance, drawing on key theories.
- Identify and evaluate a range of online teaching and learning methods in terms of their appropriateness for specific settings and learners.
- Identify and evaluate technologies for supporting online and distance learning in specific contexts, drawing on a range of experience and research accounts.
- Design online teaching and learning activities, courses and assessment that meet diverse learners’ needs, drawing on a range of evidence to support your design decisions.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how online teaching, learning and assessment can be made safe, equitable and accessible to diverse learners.
Ultimately, you’ll discover how adults learn online, and ways of ensuring your classes are inclusive and accessible. You’ll explore some of the many possibilities offered by learning with technology, and investigate the benefits and challenges of approaches to online learning, that will have long-term career value beyond lockdown and the coronavirus crisis.
This microcredential is part of a planned suite of courses addressing aspects of online education. This microcredential incorporates content from an existing OU module, Technology-enhanced Learning: Foundations and Futures (H880). If you have already completed H880, or are currently studying it, please contact us before registering.
The course allows you to apply your learning immediately in your own context.
Throughout your study, you’ll develop your own plan for taking your teaching and learning online. You’ll be encouraged to share this plan with other students in order to gain feedback.
At the end of the course, you’ll submit this plan, accompanied by a reflective commentary, for assessment.
This microcredential would benefit anyone currently working, or looking to work in, universities, colleges or wider adult learning settings as a:
- learning designer
- educational technologist
- head of department
- institution leader.
This course has a global focus and the skills you’ll learn will be relevant for learners from countries around the world.
You’ll receive an Open University certificate confirming that you have received 15 academic credits at postgraduate level 7. Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations, which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations