Online course in Study Skills

Learning Online: Studying and Reflecting

Get the most out of your online learning by developing skills, exploring tools and applying reflective strategies.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $39 Find out more

Learn to study online and use reflection strategies to improve your learning

Digital technology has forever changed the way we learn.

Online learning is different from being in a classroom and often involves learning independently. To effectively learn online requires specific skills.

On this course, you’ll explore online tools and practical ways to tailor an approach that works for you.

When learning online, reflecting on which information is relevant to your work is vital. Through practical activities, you’ll discover how to focus on certain content and make connections, so that you can grasp difficult concepts and look at the bigger picture of a topic.

What topics will you cover?

  • Online methods and tools for learning.
  • The role of online learning in modern education.
  • Strategies for learning effectively online.
  • Finding the best way to learn online for you.
  • Social learning and its role in online learning.
  • Strategies for learning from video.
  • The role of reflection throughout the learning process.
  • Using different reflection techniques such as mind mapping to process information and make connections.
  • Writing a reflective summary of a subject.
  • Writing a reflective log of your skills development.

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Reflect on the way education is changing and the role of online learning.
  • Develop effective online learning strategies that work for you.
  • Apply notetaking skills to learn effectively from video.
  • Explore how reflection can help you make connections, develop your opinions and improve your learning.
  • Reflect on your skill development progress in an ongoing reflective log.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in learning the skills required for online learning but will be particularly useful for students in high schools.

This course and the other courses in the Learning Online series provide an excellent foundation for studying the Going to University courses.

The Going to University course collection are created specifically for high school students as well as their teachers who can use these courses as classroom enrichment resources.

Who will you learn with?

Neil Morris

Neil Morris

Dean of Digital Education and Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Leeds. For more information see:

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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