Guide Top Free Online Course Platforms for English Literature Teachers

Discover the best free online course platforms for English Literature teachers

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    Top Free Online Course Platforms for English Literature Teachers

    Whether you are an English Literature teacher looking to develop your own subject knowledge, or looking for online materials to enhance your teaching program, the following free online course platforms provide high quality open courses in teaching and learning English Literature.


    MOOC Platforms
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    [​IMG] EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) from the world’s top universities, colleges and organizations. With more than 90 global partners, EdX currently has 2,300+ faculty and staff teaching over 950 courses. Courses are free with the exception of professional education courses. The course format includes tools, videos and game-like labs. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is a non-profit initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.

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    What's in it for English Literature Teachers?

    EdX offers over 40 free open courses covering literary periods as well as individual literary works by world renowned authors such as William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and many more.
    The courses are ideal for teacher knowledge enhancement when preparing to teach a particular literary work or period, or as a supplementary classroom resource for high school or undergraduate level students.

    In addition, EdX offers over 65 online education courses covering a broad range of topics from educational policy and history to curriculum design and teaching techniques.




    [​IMG] FutureLearn is the first UK platform offering a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and internationally renowned organisations from around the world. Courses are delivered one step at a time via video, audio and reading material, with short quizzes and assignments. It is a private company owned by the Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education.

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    What's in it for English Literature Teachers?

    FutureLearn currently offers a number of free online courses covering literary works by authors such as Robert Burns, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and HC Andersen, as well as understanding and analysing literary texts.
    The courses are ideal for teacher knowledge enhancement when preparing to teach a particular literary work, or as a supplementary classroom resource for high school or undergraduate level students.



    Online Course Platforms
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    [​IMG] OpenLearn is the Open University's access point for its open and free online resources, with the aim of providing free online education, open to anyone, anywhere in the world. The courses are geared towards an undergraduate level of study, and operate on four levels - introductory, intermediate, advanced and masters – and include interactive tools, video, games, podcasts, articles and quizzes. Many of the free courses are based on Open University course materials, and others are written specifically for OpenLearn.

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    What's in it for English Literature Teachers?

    OpenLearn offers a number of free open online courses and course extracts covering analytical skills for a more in-depth study of literary texts. Teachers can use the courses for their own knowledge enhancement or to supplement their own teaching programs at high school or undergraduate level.



    Open Courseware
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    Uni of Oxford-logo 75x75.png University of Oxford Podcasts provides open content under a Creative Commons licence free for reuse, remixing and redistribution in education worldwide, and
    features public lectures, teaching material and interviews with leading academics.

    All the material is arranged within a series of related talks or lectures and may be in audio, video or document format.

    What's in it for English Literature Teachers?


    The site offers a number of recorded lecture series on literary topics including Shakespeare, George Eliot, Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, Old English, "British" World War One Poetry, Oscar Wilde and more.

    Being provided under the Creative Commons licence, the podcasts are ideal not only for subject knowledge enhancement, but also for integrating into teaching programs at high school and undergraduate level.



    [​IMG] Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. The integrated web interface allows users to audit Yale undergraduate courses if they wish to. It also gives the user a variety of other options for structuring the learning process, for example downloading, redistributing, and remixing course materials.

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    What's in it for English Literature Teachers?

    The English section of Open Yale Courses offers 4 undergraduate level open courses which cover the Introduction to Theory of Literature, Milton, Modern Poetry and The American Novel since 1945.
    Being provided under the Creative Commons licence, the courses are ideal not only for subject knowledge enhancement, but also for integrating their content into teaching programs at high school and undergraduate level.



    Continued Professional Development


    [​IMG] CPD Study Group for English Literature Teachers

    The above list of online platforms offer a fantastic selection of free online courses to enhance your knowledge or to enrich your own teaching programs. But it takes precious time to search through their course lists to find the ones that are relevant to you.

    To save time searching for the right courses across all these different platforms, MoocLab's CPD Study Group for English Literature Teachers provides a handpicked list of free online courses and resources selected specifically for the English Literature teacher. By joining the Study Group, you also get to meet and interact with other teachers with similar goals and interests from across the world. Learning from each other's experiences is also a great way to develop as a teacher. Join now

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