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Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners

Online Teaching

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

Starts on 19 Oct 2020, 12 weeks, 13 hours per week

Course Content

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.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding how people learn online
  • Designing for online learning
  • Online teaching and learning activities, strategies and techniques
  • Equitable, accessible and safe online teaching
  • Educator as technologist and innovator


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 so we recommend you register early to secure your place.

Created by The Open University and endorsed by the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), this microcredential is part of a planned suite of courses on aspects of online education. This course incorporates content from an existing OU module, Technology-enhanced Learning: Foundations and Futures (H880). If you have completed H880, or are currently studying it, please contact us before registering.

What you will receive

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.

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