• The Open University

How to Learn Online: Getting Started

Explore the benefits of online learning and discover how to successfully learn online.

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How to Learn Online: Getting Started
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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  • Extra BenefitsFrom $59Find out more

Embrace the opportunities that online learning offers.

Since Covid-19, there has been an increased interest and in some cases, a necessity to move learning online.

This course draws on the expertise of the The Open University – a global leader in online learning. You will explore online learning and the wide-ranging benefits it brings to learners.

You’ll discover the skills required for online study and evaluate your own study skillset. You’ll also examine how students form online communities and how they benefit from flexible study arrangements while still being supported by dedicated tutors.

Online learning takes advantage of technology to simulate or improve upon traditional methods of teaching. You’ll be introduced you to some of these teaching methods, including looking at two periods of European history, teaching chemistry through the online OpenScience Laboratory and using free apps to practise writing Chinese characters.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds HEIDI MCCAFFERTY: I’m Heidi McCafferty. I did my first degree with the Open University, and now I’m doing a master’s there. In this two-week course we’ll be looking at what it means to study online, how you go about it, the advantages, and also the challenges and how to meet them. It’ll give you a bit of a taster of studying online, and look at some of the questions that prospective students often ask, such as how much study time is involved, what if I’m struggling with an essay, what if my study skills are rusty, or school didn’t work well for me?

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds This course draws on the expertise of the Open University to show you how it’s possible to get a degree, or a certificate, without becoming a full time student at a campus university. There are lots of reasons why it suited me better to study online. For a start, it means you can fit studying in around the parts of your life. So if you’ve begun your career, have caring responsibilities, or prefer to stay at home, then this can also work well for you. You can study at a time and a place to suit you, with support from a dedicated tutor. And you can get support from lots of other students through special social media forums.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds Try out this short course to see if studying online could be the answer for you.

What topics will you cover?

What activities you already carry out online

Explore how you already learn online informally

Getting started with online learning

Carry out a small research task where you consider the validity of internet sources

The technological innovations which will support your online learning how you can manage your own study and get support from tutors and other students

How you can plan for your long-term study and career goals.

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...

  • Explore and understand the key aspects of online learning
  • Identify and recognise the main differences between online and campus-based university learning
  • Assess how studying online can match personal interests and preferences, and help to develop skills – preparing you for future online study

Who is the course for?

If you are considering, or new to online learning, this short course offers you the perfect starting point to prepare you for your online learning journey.

Who will you learn with?

I am a creative and innovative education practitioner who values learning and seeks opportunities to learn, develop and grow and support others.

Open University Course Developer. Instructional Design and Media Production at Chemistry Communications. Interested in open education, languages, data viz, design. Former Communications Lecturer.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established1969
  • LocationMilton Keynes, UK
  • World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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