The Online Educator: People and Pedagogy
Duration 4 weeks
Weekly study 4 hours
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Enhance your online teaching with strategies from educational technology experts
As e-learning becomes ever-more widespread, online educators are being required to design learning experiences that engage and meet the needs of very diverse learners.
This course, developed by The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology, explores four myths: that learning design is about technology and content; that innovation and accessibility are incompatible; that researching online learning is an ethics-free zone, and that educators’ online identities are irrelevant.
Studying the course will help you enhance your practice through videos, quizzes and discussion with peers.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1 - Disruption and design
Current developments in online teaching
Navigating the hype about disruptive innovation
The relationship between content, technology, people and pedagogy in learning design
The challenges of meeting diverse students’ needs
The use of personas in creating relevant online courses
Week 2 - Innovation and accessibility
Myths about accessibility and digital innovation
Types of digital exclusion
Finding and evaluating accessibility guidelines
Applying accessibility guidelines to your teaching
Week 3 - Ethical evaluation of online teaching
Myths about researching and evaluating online teaching
Evidence and ethics
Navigating the hype around educational technology innovation
Evaluating research reports
Evaluating your own teaching innovations
Ethical considerations when researching online teaching
Week 4 - Who am I online?
Myths about online identity
The value to educators of a carefully constructed online identity
Evaluating your own online identity
Using Twitter to build an identity online
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more
Who is the course for?
This course is suitable for anyone involved in online education or training, including teachers, trainers, course designers and researchers. While it will help to have a current practice setting to draw on, this is not essential.
Who will you learn with?
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