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The Open University

Take your teaching online

The Open University via OpenLearn

Overview

In this free course, Take your teaching online, you will gain knowledge fundamental to delivering effective teaching online. You will hear about the experiences of real educators, be introduced ...

Syllabus

  • Introduction and guidance
  • Introduction and guidance
  • What is a badged course?
  • How to get a badge
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week1Week 1: Teaching online is different
  • Introduction
  • 1 Synchronous and asynchronous modes of teaching
  • 1.1 Teacher reflections
  • 1.2 Making use of asynchronous and synchronous online teaching opportunities
  • 1.3 Interacting with students
  • 1.4 Motivation, support and discipline
  • 1.5 Developing skills and confidence
  • 2 Blended learning
  • 2.1 Flipped classrooms
  • 3 Learner anonymity, backchannels and social interactions
  • 4 This week’s quiz
  • Summary
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week2Week 2: Discovering the connections: principles and theories for understanding digital tools
  • Introduction
  • 1 Principles of effective online teaching
  • 1.1 Create a schedule
  • 1.2 Keep learners informed
  • 1.3 Foster a sense of community
  • 1.4 Ask for feedback
  • 1.5 Recognise diversity
  • 2 How can educational theories help you take your teaching online?
  • 2.1 Behaviourism
  • 2.2 Cognitivism
  • 2.3 Constructivism
  • 2.4 Connectivism
  • 3 Digital technologies for online teaching
  • 3.1 Course management
  • 3.2 Content creation tools
  • 3.3 Networking and collaboration tools
  • 3.4 Enhancing tools and materials you already use
  • 4 Learning objects
  • 5 This week’s quiz
  • Summary
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week3Week 3: Selecting technologies: what to look for and how to choose
  • Introduction
  • 1 Technologies for content creation
  • 1.1 Repurposing and extending slide presentations
  • 1.2 Screencasting
  • 1.3 Low-tech, low-complexity video recording
  • 1.4 Image manipulation
  • 1.5 Small interactive tools with big impact
  • 1.6 E-learning development tools
  • 1.7 Web conferencing platforms
  • 1.8 RSS feeds and aggregators
  • 1.9 Plagiarism detection
  • 2 Personalisation with tools for learning
  • 2.1 Serving diverse audiences
  • 2.2 Giving control to learners
  • 3 Technologies for social communication
  • 3.1 Social technologies for promoting community
  • 3.2 Social technologies for enhancing presence
  • 4 Dealing with change in the technology sector
  • 5 How to choose
  • 5.1 Linking learning outcomes, activities and tools
  • 6 This week’s quiz
  • Summary
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week4Week 4: The benefits of support networks and how to develop them
  • Introduction
  • 1 Benefits of engaging with online networks
  • 1.1 Sharing ideas
  • 1.2 Developing partnerships and communities
  • 1.3 Sharing information
  • 1.4 Professional development
  • 1.5 Making contacts
  • 2 Communities of practice and network weather
  • 2.1 Communities of practice
  • 2.2 Network weather
  • 3 Developing your networks
  • 4 This week’s quiz
  • Summary
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week5Week 5: Finding, using, and sharing educational materials online
  • Introduction
  • 1 Open Education Resources
  • 1.1 What are Open Education Resources?
  • 1.2 Why should I be interested in OER?
  • 2 Evaluating the licensing and quality of online resources
  • 2.1 Copyright and the role for Creative Commons licences
  • 2.2 Evaluating open resources
  • 2.3 Licensing your own materials
  • 3 Finding resources online
  • 3.1 OER repositories
  • 4 This week’s quiz
  • Summary
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week6Week 6: Supporting learners with different needs – accessibility in online teaching
  • Introduction
  • 1 What is assistive technology?
  • 1.1 Types of assistive technology
  • 2 Making your online materials accessible
  • 2.1 Ensuring clarity of navigation and appearance
  • 2.2 Making visual elements accessible
  • 2.3 Making auditory elements accessible
  • 2.4 Making display elements adjustable
  • 2.5 Ensuring tasks can be completed without needing manual dexterity or visual acuity
  • 3 Checking the accessibility of materials
  • 4 Alternative formats
  • 5 This week’s quiz
  • Summary
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week7Week 7: Making a change in your teaching
  • Introduction
  • 1 Changing the technology or the pedagogy?
  • 1.1 Visitors and Residents
  • 2 Learning design
  • 3 Making the change
  • 3.1 Hints and tips
  • 4 Analysing your practice and scope for change
  • 5 This week’s quiz
  • Summary
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week8Week 8: Evaluating changes and enhancing practice
  • Introduction
  • 1 Learning analytics
  • 2 Feedback and reflection
  • 2.1 Eliciting feedback
  • 2.2 Understanding feedback
  • 2.3 Reflection
  • 3 Action research
  • 4 Review, modify, repeat!
  • 5 Week 8 Quiz
  • Conclusion
  • Tell us what you think
  • Your notes
  • References
  • Acknowledgements

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