By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how adults learn online, and at a distance, drawing on key theories.
- Identify and evaluate a range of online teaching and learning methods in terms of their appropriateness for specific settings and learners.
- Identify and evaluate technologies for supporting online and distance learning in specific contexts, drawing on a range of experience and research accounts.
- Design online teaching and learning activities, courses and assessment that meet diverse learners’ needs, drawing on a range of evidence to support your design decisions.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how online teaching, learning and assessment can be made safe and accessible to diverse learners.
From 15 Mar 2021
Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners
Learn how to design engaging online courses and ensure your online teaching is safe and accessible for a variety of learners.
13 hours per week
Introduction to the course
- Welcome to the course
- About the course
- Introducing online and distance learning
- Week 1 review
Online learners and educators
- Learning contexts
- Learning to learn
- The 21st-century educator
- Getting support
- Week 2 review
Understanding how people learn online
- Learning and teaching
- Learning together
- Ways of learning together
- Group activity
- Week 3 review
Designing for online learning
- Designing learning
- Planning courses and lessons
- Meeting diverse learners' needs
- Week 4 review
Online teaching and learning activities, strategies and techniques
- Learning at a distance
- Facing the challenges
- Designing for engagement
- Week 5 review
Working on your assessment
- Reviewing the assessment tasks
- Week 6 review
Open resources, pedagogies and practices
- Openness and online learning
- Opening up resources
- Opening up practices
- Week 7 review
Online and open assessment and feedback - Part 1
- Multiple-choice questions
- Renewable assessment
- Week 8 review
Online and open assessment and feedback - Part 2
- Group assessment
- Assessment post-COVID-19
- Week 9 review
Equitable, accessible and safe online teaching
- Perspectives on equitable education
- Care and the online educator
- The risks of openness and social media
- Accessibility and equitable education
- Week 10 review
Educator as technologist and innovator
- Selecting educational technologies
- Exploring the options
- Assistive technology
- Week 11 review
Conclusion and preparing your assessment
- Assessment overview
- Important guidance about your assessment
- Thank you and good luck!
15 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The Open University
You’ll receive an Open University certificate confirming that you have received 15 academic credits at postgraduate level 7. Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment. The assessment will require you to develop your own plan for taking teaching and learning online. The plan, accompanied by a reflective commentary, will form the summative assessment component of the course, for submission in the final week.
Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.
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