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A Digital Edge: Essentials for the Online Learner

Thrive at university in the ‘new normal’ and build the skills you need to get the most out of online university learning.

6,384 enrolled on this course

A Digital Edge: Essentials for the Online Learner
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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  • Extra BenefitsFrom $44Find out more

Discover the skills and tools you need to learn online effectively

This course is designed to give students the digital edge to succeed as an online learner at university and set you on the path to achieving your learning goals.

Take the first step in your online learning journey

On this interactive course, you’ll discover what successful online learning looks like, and reflect on how you can contribute collaboratively online, and find your own online support groups.

You’ll identify the tools and resources you need to get the most out of your independent learning and studies.

As you learn how to develop and professionalise your online identity and safeguard your online presence, you’ll pick up the skills required to thrive as a lifelong learner in today’s rapidly changing digital world.

Study with online learning experts

Designed by leaders in online learning, drawing on UNESCO’s Learning Compass 2030 and the European LifeComp Framework, this course is co-facilitated by students. You’ll have the chance to learn about the challenges and opportunities of online learning from students who have experienced it themselves.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Learning online requires a new set of skills to master. It is not the same as learning in a physical classroom. This interactive course gives you the edge to succeed as an online learner.

Skip to 0 minutes and 26 seconds It equips you with the tools and know how to get the most out of your studies and thrive as a lifelong learner. Uniquely, this course is co-facilitated by students and includes the rich experiences of successful online learners.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds Make this course the first step in your online learning journey.

What topics will you cover?

  • Taking charge of your learning
  • Setting goals and establishing good learning habits
  • Creating the right places and spaces for learning
  • Managing collaboration and effective online relationships
  • Developing your online support network
  • Harnessing digital tools and online resources
  • Looking after your digital well-being and flourishing online
  • Managing and professionalizing your online identity

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on and apply different ways of thinking.
  • Develop good study habits and create your space for learning.
  • Engage more effectively with instructors and online content.
  • Contribute successfully to online collaborations with peers.
  • Identify digital tools and online resources relevant to your learning.
  • Identify and make the most of your wider support network.
  • Improve and manage your online identity.
  • Discuss your well-being and know how to flourish online.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for higher education students at all levels who’d like to enhance their online learning experience.

It’s also suitable for those who want to become more capable online learners for their chosen careers.

Who will you learn with?

Mark Brown is Ireland's first Professor in Digital Learning and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL). Twitter @mbrownz More... https://www.dcu.ie/nidl/people/director.shtml

Associate Professor and Senior Researcher in Dublin City University. Head of the Ideas Lab in the National Institute for Digital Learning@DCU - @1MNGM

Eamon is passionate about trying to learn about how we think, learn and work online. He is head of Open Education at the National Institute for digital Learning in Dublin City Univerty

Who developed the course?

Dublin City University

Dublin City University is a young, dynamic and ambitious Irish university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation.


supported by

Irish Universities Association

supported by

DCU Students' Union

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