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University of Edinburgh

How to Create an Online Course

University of Edinburgh via FutureLearn


Learn how to design and develop online learning materials.

Digital education is expanding faster than ever before, and learning online has become an essential part of how we teach and learn.

On this two-week course, you’ll learn how to create online learning materials that are open, accessible, and engaging.

You will complete practical activities to explore key topics such as target audience, writing style and narrative, active learning, and digital tools.

You’ll be equipped to create targeted, interactive, and inclusive content to thrive in the eLearning sector. The knowledge and skills you develop will enable you to confidently begin your own course design process.

The course is designed for subject matter experts who want to create a short online course.

This is an introductory course to help you develop the key skills to produce engaging online learning materials.


  • Designing for Your Learners
    • Get Started
    • Understanding Your Learners
    • The Power of Active Learning and Narrative
  • Producing Your Content
    • How to Make Content Engaging
    • Your Digital Toolbox

Taught by

Andrés Ordorica


4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 125 ratings

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