Online Microcredential in Teaching

Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses

Develop the skills you need to evaluate the success of your online teaching and enhance your students’ remote learning experience.

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Design and use teaching evaluation strategies to improve your online teaching

This 12-week microcredential will equip you with the skills you need to evaluate and improve your online courses.

Designed for individual educators and trainers as well as learning institutions, this microcredential will support you to ensure the ongoing success of your online courses and technology-enhanced learning (TEL) provision, whatever your sector.

Harness the power of technology-enhanced learning (TEL)

Whilst the use of technology for teaching and learning isn’t new, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen organisations and individuals move courses and teaching online at unprecedented speed. For some, implementation has been so quick that it’s not evidence informed.

As variations of the lockdown strategy are likely to remain for some time, technology-enhanced learning and online teaching skills are more in-demand than ever before.

This course will support you to create an ethical course evaluation framework, analyse cause and effect relationships in your findings, share appropriate insights with stakeholders, and ultimately improve the impact of your online courses.

Evaluate the effectiveness of your online teaching

By determining the most effective ways of making online learning and assessment work for your students and making remote teaching work for you, you can minimise the long-term consequences of COVID-19 on student learning.

This microcredential will help you to pinpoint the factors limiting and enhancing your courses and teaching, and enable you to use these insights to build upon and enhance your online teaching provision.

You’ll be encouraged to apply the knowledge and skills you develop to your own setting and to draw on peers’ experiences as part of your learning journey.

Complete online course evaluations and create teaching evaluation plans

Developed by leading online and distance education experts from The Open University, you’ll learn how to identify what is and isn’t working and why using best-practice educational evaluation techniques.

You’ll learn how to create an ethical evaluation strategy that’s appropriate to your context and setting, and conduct analysis of your evaluation findings that you can apply to adapt your online course design.

Are online teaching evaluation skills in-demand?

The global online learning market is projected to be worth $325 Billion by 2025. Moves towards blended learning coupled with COVID-19 social distancing measures driving teaching online, mean that studying online is not only becoming commonplace but also being integrated into traditional teaching methods.

As such, the ability to determine the effectiveness of online courses and teaching practices is a new but essential skill for educators.

Do I need experience teaching online?

To get the most from this course, you should have experience in adult learning settings, though not necessarily in teaching online. If you have recently moved your teaching online or are considering it, this microcredential will enable you to upskill in this area.

What skills will you learn?

  • Designing course evaluation strategies
  • Using an evaluation framework
  • Teaching online
  • Online course evaluation design
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Learning design
  • Evaluation findings analysis
  • Stakeholder management
  • Managing ethical considerations
  • Teaching evaluation approaches
  • Selecting data collection methods

What you will achieve

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the reasons for evaluating teaching
  • Draw on key theories to identify and assess a range of evaluation approaches and frameworks and their appropriateness for specific settings
  • Design evaluation strategies that are suitable for your technology-enhanced learning (TEL), and which meet the needs of diverse stakeholders
  • Show understanding of the ethical considerations involved in educational evaluation and how they can be managed
  • Share knowledge of how evaluation findings can be disseminated to meet diverse stakeholders’ needs.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To study for this postgraduate microcredential, you will ideally have:

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

The microcredential is part of a planned suite of courses addressing aspects of online education, and follows on from, Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adults. However, it can be taken independently as a stand-alone course.

All teaching is in English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you can achieve an IELTS score of at least seven.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential will help institutions and individuals evaluate the effectiveness of their online teaching and, ultimately, build upon and improve their online courses.

It will be particularly relevant if you’ve recently started teaching remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The microcredential will benefit the career of those working or looking to work in universities, colleges or wider adult learning settings, such as:

  • Teachers
  • Trainers
  • Learning designers
  • Educational technologists
  • Heads of department
  • Institution leaders


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 start conversations with learners and read information about your microcredential.

  • Course

    From 14 Mar 2022

    Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses

    Learn how to improve your online teaching and course provision and create online teaching evaluation frameworks.

    12 weeks

    13 hours per week

  • After learning

    Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your academic credits from The Open University. You’ll have ongoing, unlimited access to the course materials.

What you will receive

15 UK Credits at Postgraduate level from The Open University

Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment

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

A Certificate of Completion from The Open University

You’ll receive an Open University certificate confirming that you have received 15 academic credits at Postgraduate level.

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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.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

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 professor at The Open University, focused on educational futures, learning analytics, MOOCs, innovating pedagogy & online social learning.

I am Professor of Educational Technology at the OU. My interests are in digital scholarship, open education, OER and MOOCs.

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Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

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