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The Online Educator: People and Pedagogy
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.
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
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Develop personas to inform the online learning design process
- Identify the ethics considerations involved in researching online teaching
- Apply accessibility guidelines to online teaching contexts
- Identify key accessibility issues related to online learning
- Reflect on your exisiting digital identity and plan for its future development
- Explore ways of shaping a digital identity as an online educator
- Discuss the relationship between technology, content, people and pedagogy in online courses.
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.
What software or tools do you need?
To take part in this course you need an internet connection. No specific software is required.
Who developed the course?
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.
LocationMilton Keynes, UK
World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
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