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University of Leeds

Learning Online: Communicating and Collaborating

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


Online learning is likely to be important for you in the future, either at university or in the workplace. Learning online is different to learning in the classroom as it requires different skills. This course will help you to develop those skills, showing you how to learn and communicate effectively in an online environment.

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’, which introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to study effectively online.

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.


  • How to communicate and share online
    • Welcome
    • The importance of online communication and collaboration
    • Discussing your work online
    • How can you share your work online?
    • Summary
  • How to collaborate online
    • About Week 2
    • Working collaboratively online
    • Tools for collaboration
    • Supportive collaborative feedback
    • End of course summary

Taught by

Neil Morris and Carol Elston


4.5 rating, based on 37 Class Central reviews

4.4 rating at FutureLearn based on 82 ratings

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  • Thank you for this course. This is very useful to our studying actually to foreigner. So interesting course because the different material or section each week and from this class you can improve your skill about communication and writing skill.
  • Alan Sizer
    The course has introduced me to facets of study I have never been aware of in a very accessible and user friendly way . No matter what your experience and skill set. Its very helpful . It introduces you to various online tools with helpful exercises…
  • Anonymous
    Course was interesting and I learn a lot about the online communicative tools and constructive feed back.
  • Anonymous
    I am a total newcomer to all of this learning, and what’s known as a silver surfer but I intend during this time of pandemic to not fritter away my time but try to learn online. I know it will be difficult and although I followed this course and managed the quizzes I didn’t chat at all. Maybe next time I will be bolder, when I understand the IT more.
    Thank you Leeds (I am a Loiner), you have helped me begin
  • I learnt nothing new, except the way the University of Leeds use technology and the social media to teach in its classroom, that's interesting, but for someone that is not interested to study at this place, this course is not so useful. The second part is a demo how to use some collaborative tools, like Gdocs or Padlet.
  • Anonymous
    One of the great courses to explore about the communicating online. You will be able to learn about the different tools for collaborative works.
  • Anonymous
    I would highly recommend it. Although you have some experience in online work, the course will allow you to discover tools you had never heard about, and pay attention to some details that just because they are obvious, seem to be forgotten in many occasions. It is also a practical course, so, perfect!
  • Anonymous
    Through this course I have learned many new things which are very meaningful and helpful for my further study either online or offline.

    Firstly, I now know how to collaborate online in one project with others all over the world. Secondly, I know how to communicate with them better. Thirdly, I have know many useful online platform when collaborating online, such as Doodle, Pinterest, Microsoft Team, etc.

    Thank all the mentors and educators for developing this course!
  • Anonymous
    I have learnt immensely from the course based on the topics taught and what is expected of us to communicate with others in a bid to help create understanding. Equally, the etiquette required of each and every one of us which communicating online has well been articulated. That we should be cognisant of other feedback and how we respond or make comments so that we do not hurt others by our comments or otherwise.
  • Anonymous
    A really useful introduction the subject. It highlights all the many different platforms out there for collaborating and weighs up the pros and cons of each. This helps the learner pick out what type of platform to use for different situations.

    It also helps you see how to navigate the potential pitfalls of working in a team that whose members are distant from each other.

    Practical and enjoyable.
  • Anonymous
    This is a perfect pace setter for those who still believe in the older learning method and is very challenging. it promote efficient use of the tech tools for self development and keeping ones' understanding of concepts global.
  • Anonymous
    I highly appreciate The LEEDS University management for the online courses. The short courses are very paramount because they can lead one to a certain career. One is able to learn at his or her own pace which is good.
  • Anonymous
    I learnt a lot of new concepts and ways to approach different situations. Working as a team produces the best results. I thoroughly enjoyed this coarse and I recommend it to everyone.
  • Anonymous
    Was genuinely interesting and had a few things in there that I will definitely be using for now on to help me with my online degree
  • Anonymous
    I was surprised by the number of communication tools that are available, their variety and specificity. It's quite a whole new world for me. I think one important thing that I've learned among others is not to use local colloquialisms when interacting online with people from around the world. I tended to slip into phrases and expressions that might well not be familiar to those from other countries. I appreciate being reminded to apply netiquette especially when spontaneous emotions are triggered. I found the course helpful and educational.
  • Charles Comfort Katulanda
    Its really a good start to communication skills. Though this one teaches how to apply them online but trust me is best course to everyone. You might find yourself familiar with the techniques taught in ye course but you will gain more of you take to learn the course.
  • Anonymous
    Communicating and Collaborating is an interesting course with many takes. The course shows clearly the importance of communication in every sphere of human endeavour especially where the involvement of others are required for community development.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you for this course. This is very useful to our studying actually to foreigner. So interesting course bacuse the different material or section each week and from this clss you can improve your skill about comunication and writing skill.
  • Anonymous
    Online tools for collaboration dealt with was very informative and useful. The working together as a team case studies gave a deep and clear understanding for the best option to be taken to propagate collaboration and harvest the group wisdom.
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    Diana Petrechko
    As for me, this course is extremely easy to follow. It gives relevant and useful information and helps with understanding the vital aspects of temporary communication and gives you the opportunity to progress to the next level. Thank you so much!

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