Online Microcredential in Teaching

Online Teaching: Addressing the Climate Emergency

Gain the skills to design online and technology-enhanced teaching to help learners address the climate emergency.

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Discover how to design and deliver learning that addresses the climate crisis

The catastrophic impact of the climate emergency continues to be high on the agenda for countries across the globe. Governments, voluntary organisations, and communities worldwide are coming together to find ways to tackle the crisis – and education about how we can all make a difference is vital.

This 12-week microcredential will equip you with the skills to design and deliver online and technology-enhanced teaching (TEL), blended learning, and assessment, across multiple subject areas that effectively addresses the climate crisis.

You’ll discover creative ways to support learners in secondary schools, further and higher education, adult learning and other settings to understand the causes and impact of environmental collapse. You’ll help them to uncover how to address these issues through global citizenship, individual and collective direct action, and democratic participation. You’ll also identify how open and transformative ways of learning and connected learning can underpin such teaching.

Gain essential teaching skills to become an authoritative voice on climate change

Evidence suggests that educators worldwide lack the knowledge and skills to effectively address the climate emergency in their teaching (Teach the Future, 2021). Throughout this microcredential, you’ll learn how online teaching and technology-enhanced learning strategies can be used to address the climate emergency and how to use them with confidence.

Discover how to teach climate change issues across the curriculum

Teaching climate change is often seen as a subject that sits solely within science lessons. This microcredential extends far beyond that to address themes in climate justice, digital literacy, connectedness, activism, and democratic participation that can be implemented in lessons as part of an integrated climate emergency-related curriculum.

Real-world case studies from a number of curriculum areas and education sectors will bring learning to life and help you understand how you can implement learning and assessment successfully in your setting, whether you’re teaching online or face-to-face using technology in the classroom.

You’ll gain skills to create learning that addresses humanity’s role in causing and exacerbating the climate emergency and, in particular, the role of multinational corporations, governments, and the mass media.

Learn from The Open University, experts at the forefront of research in teaching the climate emergency

This microcredential has been created by academics from The Open University’s (OU) Institute of Educational Technology (IET), which is home to some of the world’s leading experts in citizen science, global digital citizenship, and open education.

As world leaders in developing innovative online and technology-enhanced learning, they are uniquely placed to deliver this microcredential. You’ll also engage with brand new research being conducted by IET to explore online and TEL educators’ experiences of addressing the climate emergency in their teaching and their priorities.

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll have the tools and confidence to design learning that will raise awareness of the climate emergency to your learners, and equip them with the knowledge to act and address the issues facing the planet.

This microcredential is being offered at the introductory price of £500 for March only. Normal price £675.

What skills will you learn?

  • Designing courses and lessons addressing the climate emergency
  • Designing assessment addressing the climate emergency
  • Using online collaboration to support teaching and learning
  • Critically evaluating teaching, learning and assessment activities addressing the climate emergency
  • Selecting appropriate pedagogies and theories relevant to addressing the climate emergency
  • Critically engaging with research evidence
  • Present arguments representing diverse perspectives
  • Identify, understand and manage ethical issues

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Identify how key topics related to addressing the climate emergency can be taught online and through technology-enhanced learning, across subjects and settings
  • Design online and technology-enhanced teaching, learning and assessment activities which support learners to understand the causes and impacts of the climate emergency
  • Design online/TEL activities that address the climate emergency through global citizenship, individual and collective direct action, and democratic participation
  • Identify and evaluate a range of transformative, critical, open and innovative pedagogies and theories relevant to addressing the climate emergency through online/TEL-focused teaching
  • Identify how connected learning and open educational practices can support online teaching addressing the climate emergency
  • Critically evaluate how institution-wide practices and policies can support and compromise addressing the climate emergency
  • Identify key ethical and moral considerations connected with the climate emergency and the ways in which it is being addressed globally, and how these considerations can be addressed in online teaching and technology-enhanced teaching and learning

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To study this postgraduate microcredential you will ideally have:

  • A Bachelors degree or an equivalent level qualification
  • Experience working in education
  • A strong interest in teaching and learning

The course material does not assume that learners are currently working. Past experiences will be just as relevant.

If you do not have a degree or equivalent level qualification you may find the postgraduate level assessment challenging.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential would benefit anyone currently working in, or looking to work in, online or face to face teaching in secondary schools, colleges and further education, universities, adult education, and workplace learning and development settings.

It will enhance the employability of roles including:

  • Teachers
  • Trainers
  • Lecturers
  • Learning designers
  • Education technologists and specialists
  • Heads of departments
  • Institution leaders and managers

The course has a global focus and delivers transferable skills for diverse sectors and organisations.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to read any announcements relating to your microcredential.

  • Course

    From 13 Mar 2023

    Online Teaching: Addressing the Climate Emergency

    Gain the skills to design online and technology-enhanced teaching to help learners address the climate emergency.

    12 weeks

    13 hours per week

  • After learning

    Your submitted assessment will be marked and graded by academic experts from The Open University.

    You’ll continue to have ongoing access to the course materials.

What you will receive

15 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The Open University and a Certificate

Academic credits are awarded on passing the final assessment. These will be at postgraduate level 7 of the Framework for Higher Education (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) / Level 11 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

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Career-focused learning by The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Delivered by experts

Dr Leigh-Anne Perryman leads The Open University's Online and Distance Education programme. Her research explores the relationship between equity, social justice, online teaching and open pedagogies.

I'm a lecturer in online teaching in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University.

Dr Simon Ball (he/him) is an Open University tutor and consultant researcher, specialising in inclusive online learning, educational technologies & accessibility, following a PhD in ecology.

Dr Maria Aristeidou is a Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning. She explores how people engage and learn in online citizen science activities that focus on sustainability and the climate.

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Learning & Technology at the Open University. I'm interested in understanding aspects of human learning supported by tech in ways that contribute to projects of educ. justice.

Dr Irina Rets is a Lecturer in Online Teaching at the Open University (UK). With expertise in AI and linguistics, her current teaching and research focus on social justice and technology.

Dr Carmel Kent (@carmel_kent on Twitter)
is a lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology. Carmel’s research focus is on online learning communities, learning analytics and AI in education.

Zoë Day has been a professional artist for over 20 years and director of Buckingham Art School for over a decade. She is keen to use her expertise to engage learners with art and the environment.

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