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How To Teach Online: Moving online post-pandemic

Explore online teaching with this practical course for educators designed to help you transfer your teaching online.

107,508 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade


Discover practical ways to deliver online education and support your students.

Since the initial COVID-19 lockdown, many of you have been asked to move your teaching online and even now, online learning continues to play a key role in education. This three-week course will show you useful techniques to adapt face-to-face teaching to online lessons so that your students can get the most out of their learning experience. You’ll learn practical approaches to help you quickly move your teaching online, overcome the hurdles presented by digital education, and embrace the opportunities that come with online learning.

Learn how to create a lesson plan for eLearning

You’ll discuss the challenges of online teaching to understand how to modify your lessons and prepare your students for success. You’ll learn how to create effective lesson plans for online teaching and think about learning design. You’ll also have access to insightful resources, including answers to popular questions about teaching online.

Explore techniques to help you engage your students

Discover how to build a strong online community by connecting with others, and learn how to create engagement through interaction. You’ll find out how to balance online learning with offline, asynchronous learning. Hearing from students about their online learning experiences, you’ll understand how to select and design different approaches to engage students and create an effective student learning environment.

Check progress and provide feedback

Checking student progress and giving useful feedback is very different in an online context, so it’s important to learn the best methods to ensure your students know how to improve. You’ll learn what makes for effective assessments and feedback to create a collaborative experience for you and your students.

What topics will you cover?

  • Getting started with online teaching
  • Preparing your students for successful online learning
  • Using tools designed for creating, sharing and re-mixing plans for learning
  • Bringing lessons learned from teaching online into your everyday practice
  • Collecting and responding to student feedback

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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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.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Develop plans to set your students up for success
  • Create and share approaches and techniques for maintaining continuity while moving teaching and learning online
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of moving classes from face-to-face to online
  • Identify techniques and approaches for engaging your students online
  • Adapt your practice to the online context
  • Collect, review and evaluate student feedback on your new approaches
  • Discuss how to manage the personal impact of teaching online

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for educators, teachers, lecturers, and trainers who have to rapidly move from face-to-face to online teaching who are under time constraints.

Who will you learn with?

She/Her. I'm FutureLearn's Learning Design Lead. I empower people to build relevant, useful and engaging online learning experiences. I'm also interested in technology, languages, nature and food :)

Learning designer, and digital learning enthusiast.

Learning Designer at FutureLearn. Interested in universal design and widening participation in online learning.

Who developed the course?


FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform and has been providing high quality online courses for learners around the world over the last ten years.

What's included?

FutureLearn are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • 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
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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