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Developing Effective Online Learning Short Course (online distance learning)

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Course information

Why do this course?

This short course offers a unique opportunity to experience and develop effective online learning.

This course is ideal if you:

  • are a lecturer in further/ higher education and wish to develop your understanding of online learning; or
  • are a teacher or have a role that supports learning and teaching, but have little or no experience of supporting online learning.

Course description

This course will prepare you to develop make the best of online learning environments. It will give you the confidence to support and develop online learning in education settings.

At the end of the course you will have a good understanding of how to structure and work within online learning environments. The course introduces you to a range of tools available within a virtual learning environment (VLE), and a variety of freely available online tools, for example social media, mind mapping and search tools, that can be used to support learning; as well as bespoke tools for planning and designing for learning.

The choice of tools for your activities will be largely yours. This is in recognition of the fact that digital tools are by and large pedagogically agnostic and it is the use of the tool that determines the pedagogical fitness for purpose.

A crucial part of being a proficient online educator is in the ability to adapt the selection of tools, methods, and resources for the purposes of your teaching/ learning. We will help develop the criticality of your stance and your autonomy.

An important aspect of the course is supporting you to think about your teaching in ways that facilitates continual development of your practice (known as 'reflective practice').

Using a practical, case studies, approach to learning, we look at examples of successful and effective teaching and learning practice to highlight what works, how it works, and importantly why it works – which you can then adapt and use in your own teaching.

Course structure

There are three segments to the course, each treating a couple of topics in the process of developing a solution to the teaching/learning problem, these are:

  • Week 1 and 2: research, enquire and brainstorm
  • Week 3 and 4: design, develop, prototype, curate
  • Week 5 and 6: evaluate, reflect, enact/present

What will you take away?

After the course you will:

  • be able to describe how people learn online, and how this can be facilitated in terms of teaching;
  • take away examples of your own teaching and learning sessions;
  • retain a journal of your journey throughout the course, including goals for the future;
  • a portfolio of media resources and other materials that you will be developing for your own online teaching or learning; and
  • useful references and documentation for future reference.


  • No prior knowledge of teaching is required
  • English – ability to read and write in English proficiently
  • Willingness to use and participate in an online learning environment
  • Regular access to a computer eg desktop, laptop, tablet, high-speed due to synchronous online sessions

Course tutors

  • Dr Colin Clarke
  • Dr Dejan Ljubojevic

What to bring

The computer that you use to take part in this course should not be more than five years old. A good internet connection is imperative, ideally a wired broadband or fast Wi-Fi connection.

You will also find that a set of headphones with microphone attached and a web came are really helpful for synchronous sessions. Ensure your computer software has all recent software updates installed and Java. If you use a computer supplied by your place of work, liaise with your IT department to ensure these updates are applied, and that the software can be accessed through any security measures (firewalls) put in place by your employer.

You need to decide where you can study; flexibility is the key here. For synchronous online sessions you really need somewhere quiet with access to a wired broadband connection or a strong Wi-Fi connection. Whereas when reading, viewing videos or undertaking different writing activities you will need somewhere that you feel comfortable and can work without distractions.


Discounts are available for early bird discounts. No further discounts apply.

Booking information

Dates for open courses currently available will be listed in the table at the top of this page with a "Book now" link that will direct you to our payment website. If no dates are shown and you would like to register your interest for future dates for this course please contact us.

For group bookings to be paid via invoice, please download and return our Education Short Courses Group Booking Form (PDF).

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The standard course fee is indicated at the top of this page. If a course has any discounted fees available (eg for early-bird booking, alumni or students) these will be clearly outlined on the booking website.

As an educational institution fees for our open short courses do not attract VAT.

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5145
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