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New Online Teaching Microcredential by The Open University on FutureLearn

Carolyn

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Following the outbreak of COVID-19, many higher education institutions are having to move courses and lectures online, leaving many teachers and universities feeling underprepared. In response, The Open University (OU), a world leader in flexible distance learning, has announced a new Online Teaching microcredential to equip those teaching in a higher or further education setting with the practical skills to successfully create online courses and teach adults online. The microcredential is open for enrolment now on leading social learning platform, FutureLearn.com, and teaching commences on the 8th June 2020.

Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners, worth 15 academic UK credits at postgraduate level, allows learners to explore various practical technologies for supporting online and distance learning in specific contexts, drawing on a range of experiences and research. The course covers online assessment, supporting diverse learners online, selecting learning technologies and designing accessible and engaging online activities, and is designed for anyone working in, or looking to work in, a higher education setting as a teacher, trainer, learning designer, educational technologist, head of department or institution leader.

Alongside leading distance learning experts, learners will investigate the benefits and challenges of various approaches to online learning that will not only be of use during the coronavirus crisis, but will have long-term career value beyond lockdown.

Finola Lang, Global Education Lead at FutureLearn, said: “With more students learning online across the world than ever before, it is crucial that they are still able to receive a high quality education. This means going beyond the initial rush to migrate teaching and assessment material online, to delivering a more inclusive and inspiring learning experience. We are delighted to be working alongside The Open University, who have long been pioneers in distance learning, to create a microcredential for higher education teachers that equips them with effective strategies for implementing online learning that will help both with the response to the pandemic and in the longer term.

Rebecca Ferguson, Senior Lecturer at The Open University and lead educator on the microcredential, said: “In putting this course together, we are able to draw on the experience and expertise from within The Open University, which has pioneered distance learning for more than half a century. This course unites decades of successful experience with the latest research, as well as insights based on current practice around the world. We are delighted to help everyone who studies the course develop and apply the necessary skills in a way that is safe and accessible for a variety of learners.

For further information please visit the course page here: Teaching Adult Learners Online - Accredited Course - FutureLearn Microcredential
 

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