The Online Educator: People and Pedagogy

FutureLearn The Online Educator: People and Pedagogy

The Open University
4 hours/week
4 weeks
Paid Certificate Available
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Enhance your online teaching with strategies from educational technology experts
As e-learning becomes ever-more widespread, online educators are being required to design learning experiences that engage and meet the needs of very diverse learners.

This course, developed by The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology, explores four myths: that learning design is about technology and content; that innovation and accessibility are incompatible; that researching online learning is an ethics-free zone, and that educators’ online identities are irrelevant.

Studying the course will help you enhance your practice through videos, quizzes and discussion with peers.

This course is suitable for anyone involved in online education or training, including teachers, trainers, course designers and researchers. While it will help to have a current practice setting to draw on, this is not essential.

To take part in this course you need an internet connection. No specific software is required.

What topics will you cover?
Week 1 - Disruption and design
  • Current developments in online teaching

  • Navigating the hype about disruptive innovation

  • The relationship between content, technology, people and pedagogy in learning design

  • The challenges of meeting diverse students’ needs

  • The use of personas in creating relevant online courses
Week 2 - Innovation and accessibility
  • Myths about accessibility and digital innovation

  • Types of digital exclusion

  • Finding and evaluating accessibility guidelines

  • Applying accessibility guidelines to your teaching
Week 3 - Ethical evaluation of online teaching
  • Myths about researching and evaluating online teaching

  • Evidence and ethics

  • Navigating the hype around educational technology innovation

  • Evaluating research reports

  • Evaluating your own teaching innovations

  • Ethical considerations when researching online teaching
Week 4 - Who am I online?
  • Myths about online identity

  • The value to educators of a carefully constructed online identity

  • Evaluating your own online identity

  • Using Twitter to build an identity online

Taught by
Leigh-Anne Perryman
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