The Open University in Wales has prepared a new, free bilingual course to help school teachers and college lecturers in Wales teach online.
Take your teaching online is one of the latest courses to be added to the OU’s OpenLearn free learning site. The course discusses the key differences between online and face-to-face learning, the growing benefit of open educational resources, and how to develop approaches to online teaching. It is also available in Welsh as Ewch â’ch addysgu ar-lein.
The OU was founded over 50 years ago and has since been the pioneer of distance learning in the UK. The university has found innovative ways to teach remotely, from televised lectures and radio to VHS and later CD-ROM. Almost 20 years ago, it trialled its first ever fully online course with students, and by today is a fully online university.
Take your teaching online lasts a total of eight weeks, with around three hours study each week. The course is flexible, which means it can be studied at a pace that suits each person. Learners will also receive a digital badge after finishing the course. As well as helping learners deliver online teaching, it can also help them develop skills for face-to-face education as well.
‘Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, more and more school teachers and college lecturers have needed to refine their online teaching skills,’ said OU in Wales project coordinator Gareth Harvey. ‘It’s great that people are now back in our schools and colleges, and that they also know the potential that online teaching has in terms of working flexibly and reaching people wherever they are. Please take a look at our new course – we hope it will give you the resources and info you need to take your lessons to the next level.
'We hope that the course will be particularly useful as Wales’ new curriculum is introduced. It will give educators the chance to think about how they design and deliver learning, whether that’s over video or in person.'
Take your teaching online was introduced to schools in Cardiff and Cardiff and the Vale College as part of the Cardiff Commitment project. It was translated into Welsh by the OU in Wales thanks to funding from HEFCW.
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