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Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners

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A total of 1,576,021,818 learners across 188 countries and in all sectors – were affected by the closure of educational institutions as part of a broader ‘lockdown’ strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by UNESCO.

Many institutions have had to rush to put their teaching online, at an unprecedented scale. Student assessment has also been affected, with many exams cancelled and others moved online, creating uncertainty for all involved.

Regardless of when the pandemic ends, this “online pivot” in education is likely to become permanent as more and more learning opportunities move online. Knowing how to create engaging online courses for adult learners will be a key skill moving forward, now that distance and online learning are used so widely.

Course Duration

12 weeks, 13 hours/week

Course Outline

On this microcredential, you’ll discover how adults learn online – and at a distance – drawing on key theories. You’ll evaluate technologies for supporting online and distance learning in specific contexts, drawing on a range of experiences and research to learn how to design engaging and inspiring online courses successfully.

You’ll examine different online teaching and learning methods in terms of their appropriateness for specific settings and learners, and ways of ensuring your classes are inclusive and accessible.

Ultimately, you’ll explore some of the many possibilities offered by learning with technology, and investigate the benefits and challenges of approaches to online learning that will have long-term career value beyond lockdown and the coronavirus crisis.

Course Outcome

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 technologies for supporting online and distance learning in specific contexts, drawing on a range of experience and research accounts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how online teaching, learning and assessment can be made safe and accessible to diverse learners.
  • Identify and evaluate a range of online teaching and learning methods in terms of their appropriateness for specific settings and learners.
  • 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.

Eligibility

To join this microcredential you will ideally have:

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

Spaces are limited for this microcredential, so register early to secure your place.

University Credit

Upon completion, you will 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 the FAQs.

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