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Welcome to the first course in the Learning online series. In this course we consider learning and collaborating.

Welcome to Learning Online: Communicating and Collaborating.

Sharing your learning experience with others is immensely rewarding. You have the opportunity to learn from a range of people from diverse backgrounds and with different experiences. But, how can you make sure you’re communicating with them effectively?

Learning online often means learning at a distance from others. How can you make sure that you’re able to collaborate on projects and participate in debates with others?

This course will introduce you to the benefits of communicating, sharing and collaborating with others and explore methods of doing this effectively.

What will you study?

In the first week, you’ll identify the features of effective communication and explore some tools to help you communicate and share your learning with others. You’ll focus on getting the most out of every interaction with others, whether this is through discussion forums, replying to comments, or participating in webinars.

In the second week, you’ll consider how to approach collaborative group-work in an online environment, and develop your ability to provide constructive feedback to other learners.

Your tutor on this course is Neil Morris. He is Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change in the School of Education, and Dean of Digital Education at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK).

Throughout the course, you may find terms you are not familiar with; you can use the Glossary in the Downloads section below for key definitions. You may wish to download this so you can refer to it when needed.

You can use the course map to help you explore the course. Select the image below to access it, or you can download the map from the Downloads section below.

Have your say:

Throughout this course, you will have lots of opportunities for discussion. Make sure you use the Comments and share your thoughts with other learners.
Start by introducing yourself and letting others know about your background. Share your reasons for joining this course, and what you hope to learn. You can also share a little about where you are from; this course is open to learners world-wide and you’ll get a sense of what modern learning looks like across the globe.
In this course, you’ll be encouraged to discuss the course and your thoughts on social media. Remember to tag comments with #FLCommunicatingOnline and @uoldigital. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook where you can find the latest news and updates about all our online courses.

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When you are ready to move on, select Mark as Complete, and then select the name of the next step below.

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