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A Digital Edge: Essentials for the Online Learner

Dublin City University via FutureLearn


Discover the skills and tools you need to learn online effectively

This course is designed to give students the digital edge to succeed as an online learner at university and set you on the path to achieving your learning goals.

Take the first step in your online learning journey

On this interactive course, you’ll discover what successful online learning looks like, and reflect on how you can contribute collaboratively online, and find your own online support groups.

You’ll identify the tools and resources you need to get the most out of your independent learning and studies.

As you learn how to develop and professionalise your online identity and safeguard your online presence, you’ll pick up the skills required to thrive as a lifelong learner in today’s rapidly changing digital world.

Study with online learning experts

Designed by leaders in online learning, drawing on UNESCO’s Learning Compass 2030 and the European LifeComp Framework, this course is co-facilitated by students. You’ll have the chance to learn about the challenges and opportunities of online learning from students who have experienced it themselves.

This course is designed for higher education students at all levels who’d like to enhance their online learning experience.

It’s also suitable for those who want to become more capable online learners for their chosen careers.


  • Ways of Thinking and Working
    • Welcome
    • Ways of Thinking
    • Ways of Working
    • Round up
  • Tools for Working and Thriving
    • Welcome Back
    • Tools for Working
    • Tools for Thriving
    • Round up

Taught by

Mark Brown


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  • Anonymous
    This course was co-designed and co-facilitated by a team of students which gives the content a really authentic flavour and the structure is excellent. It is based around four cores themes and has some really interesting activities. I really like the emphasis on learning how to learn online as a core life skill and would highly recommend the course to all people whatever age if you are relatively new to online study.

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