• The Open University

Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses

Learn how to improve your online teaching and course provision and create online teaching evaluation frameworks.

628 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    12 weeks
  • Weekly study

    13 hours
This course is part of the Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses program, which will enable you to design and use teaching evaluation strategies to improve your online teaching.

Design and use teaching evaluation strategies to improve your online teaching

This 12-week microcredential will equip you with the skills you need to evaluate and improve your online courses.

Designed for individual educators and trainers as well as learning institutions, this microcredential will support you to ensure the ongoing success of your online courses and technology-enhanced learning (TEL) provision, whatever your sector.

What topics will you cover?

On this microcredential, you’ll cover topics including:

  • The need for evaluation
  • What evaluation might cover
  • How to plan an evaluation
  • How to choose an evaluation framework appropriate to your context
  • How to select appropriate data collection techniques appropriate to your context
  • How to analyse cause and effect relationships
  • How to conduct ethical and equitable evaluation
  • The relationship between evaluation, benchmarking and quality assurance
  • How to conduct a stakeholder analysis and include stakeholders in the evaluation process
  • How to disseminate evaluation findings

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

Who is the course for?

This microcredential will help institutions and individuals evaluate the effectiveness of their online teaching and, ultimately, build upon and improve their online courses.

It will be particularly relevant if you’ve recently started teaching remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The microcredential will benefit the career of those working or looking to work in universities, colleges or wider adult learning settings, such as:

  • Teachers
  • Trainers
  • Learning designers
  • Educational technologists
  • Heads of department
  • Institution leaders

Who developed the course?

The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control

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