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The Open University

How to Learn Online: Getting Started

The Open University via FutureLearn

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Embrace the opportunities that online learning offers

Since Covid-19, there has been an increased interest and in some cases, a necessity to move learning online.

This 2-week course draws on the expertise of The Open University – a global leader in online learning. If you want to become a pro at studying online, try this course and explore the wide-ranging benefits for online learners.

Discover the benefits of online study and flexible learning

Online learning takes advantage of technology to simulate or improve upon traditional methods of teaching. You’ll be introduced to some of these teaching methods, including using free apps to practise writing Chinese characters.

Take the chance to delve deeper into elements of formal online learning, and find out how online assessment and teaching is carried out.

Form an online community to aid your learning

Building on what you learnt in the previous week, you’ll have the opportunity to try out some innovations in teaching and learning made possible with online learning.

Being able to form online communities is a huge benefit of learning online, so you’ll consider how students at online universities can interact with each other to support their studies.

You’ll also get the chance to focus on the relationship between study and your career, and discover what to do if you would like to register formally for online study.

If you are considering, or new to online learning, this short course offers you the perfect starting point to prepare you for your online learning journey.


  • Being an online learner
    • Why study online?
    • What is formal online learning?
    • How do you study online?
  • Studying online
    • Innovations in teaching and learning
    • Who do you study with online?
    • Where next?
    • Studying at The Open University

Taught by

Laura Hills


3.7 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

4.5 rating at FutureLearn based on 84 ratings

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  • Most of the content of the course are common sense.

    And the course aimed at introducing online learning. But you will only hear FutureLearn and Open University in the course.

    Nothing mention about edX, coursera.

    Too expensive for the certificate.

    Learner should go to the Learning How to Learn course in Coursera.
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