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How To Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students

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

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How To Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • 100% online

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  • Digital upgrade

    Free

Discover practical ways to teach online and support your students

Are you a teacher looking to learn how to teach online successfully but are under time-constraints?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. This 3-week course will teach you how to adapt from face-to-face teaching to online teaching so that you and your students can get the most out of the school day.

Even for experienced practitioners, doing this under time pressures presents challenges. However, with the right knowledge, you can overcome the hurdles presented by teaching online and embrace its possibilities.

Creating a lesson plan

The course will begin with a discussion about the challenges of online teaching and advice on how to prepare your students for success outside of the classroom.

You’ll learn how to create effective lesson plans for online teaching and think about learning design considerations. We’ll provide useful resources and share some answers to popular questions about teaching online.

Engaging 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.

We’ll be thinking about creating a structure for students during this difficult time and discussing how to build an effective student learning environment from home.

You’ll select and design different approaches aimed at engaging students, and you’ll hear from some students about their experiences with learning online.

Checking progress and providing feedback

In the third and final week of the course, you’ll learn what makes an effective assessment and feedback system. Checking student progress and giving useful feedback is very different in an online context, so it’s important to learn the best methods.

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
  • Building and sharing a library of learning designs as a community of teachers
  • Bringing lessons learned from teaching online into your everyday practice
  • Collecting and responding to student feedback
  • Reflecting on how we teach online and making iterative improvements
  • Navigating the personal impact of teaching and learning online

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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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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 love empowering people to build relevant, useful and engaging online learning experiences. I'm also interested in technology, languages, and food :D

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

FutureLearn is jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group and has been providing online courses for learners around the world over the last eight years.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • 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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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
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