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University of Leeds

Preparing to Learn Online at University

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


Improve your online study skills and get academic online learning tips

Learning online is very different from learning in an on-campus classroom and often involves independent study.

On this course, you will explore and learn about various different approaches to online learning.

You’ll develop practical skills that will enable you to become an effective online learner at a university level.

You’ll discover methods for collaborating and communicating online effectively and learn the best practice for conducting online research.

By the end of the course, you’ll have mastered the independent study skills and tools for online learning that work for you.

This course is designed for undergraduate and postgraduate university students who need advice and tips on how to take their university studies online.

Please note this course will run without facilitation.


  • Being an effective online learner
    • Welcome
    • Online study skills
    • Reflective learning
    • Summary
  • Communicating and collaborating online
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • Communicating online
    • How to collaborate online
    • Summary
  • Researching online
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • Researching your project
    • Critical thinking and success at university
    • Summary

Taught by

Neil Morris


4.8 rating, based on 24 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 29 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    In this course, I've learn that various different approaches for online learning, the methods for collaborating and communicating online effectively, learn the best practice for conducting online research and mastered the independent study skills and tools for online learning that work for me.

  • Anonymous
    I feel like this course is a great place to start for an online learner. It seems to cover the basics and give the learner a good foundation to build on.
  • Anonymous
    This is a wonderful course to start within the field of online learning. It has a very systematic approach to educating the subscriber about the basic processes involved in learning online. From the very first activity, the course helps to uncover a…
  • Anonymous
    This course gives an understanding as to tools that will be needed when considering studying online. Many of the points covered could also be used in class based learning. The layout of the course was concise and easy to follow and the content was set out in such a way that it flowed very well. I would recommend this course as a basic starting point if considering learning online. While you may think you know what is involved this course will enlighten you to what is actually involved and how best to tackle what comes your way.
  • Anonymous
    Despite my experience of online teaching during the pandemic using Zoom platform, I found this course enlightening and enhancing my skills and knowledge, both for online and offline teaching and learning. It has added to my practice of note-taking a…
  • Anonymous
    Excellent materials to engage learners as well as introduction to critical writing skills. I have learned some key points in studying as a distance learner and I also learned better ways to search for academic journals.
  • Anonymous
    First week looked boring and confusing because learning online how to learn online is like jumping in a sea to learn how to swim. But as soon as completed the first week it started making sense, now I have finished my course and I am greatful to taking this course, Now I am equipped well for my next online courses.
    Enjoyed this course very well.
    I must say it's a essential course and well designed to equipt anyone trying to learn online. Thanks
  • Anonymous
    Hi everyone, my name is Mai Anh. I was born and raised in Vietnam. This is the first time that I have taken part in a foreign online course. I find it very useful for me not only in learning online but also in my daily life. We will be shown many useful tips and tools to make the most from our study. If you are interested in how to learn online effectively, you should not miss out this course from the University of Leeds.
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    Useful course. It did not feel like doing the course on my own in some ways because of being able to read another person's thoughts at the end of each page and add my own. I thought I knew the basics of how to write in an online chat, but I learnt…
  • Anonymous
    The course is concise and helpful, but it uses more videos to illustrate the reading. I think videos could be added to expand all three chapters.
  • Anonymous
    All contents are easy to understand, and I suggest before beginning online learning, start from this course.
  • Anonymous
    I found this short course to be really enjoyable. It is the first course I have undertaken on Future Learn and I hoped it would help prepare me for online learning, and ease me back into the studying environment after many years away.

    I found the mix of tools used within the course worked well, helped to keep it interesting and provided variety. There were articles, videos, interactive content and quizzes. The option to interact with other students on the course was good too.

    I've taken a lot away from it, and hope to employ what I have learned in the next courses I take.
  • Anonymous
    It helps me a lot, it helps me build confidence in communicating with others students online and also give me knowledge on how to deal with online classes
  • Anonymous
    The course is very practically and easy to follow. I strongly recommend this course for online learners or those who conduct online trainings.
  • Anonymous
    Very complete and useful. Fully recomended. It has all you need to think before starting studying online, and even presencially.
  • Anonymous
    This was a very helpful introduction to aspects of online learning. I thought the course was well structured with a good balance of information and exercises. I found the links to other resources particularly useful as several of them were unknown to me.
  • Razif Bin Mohd
    This course is very informative and helpful in many ways. From preparing mentally, learning what to expect and going about in resourcing the right apps to prepare oneself into the exploring the learning curve at the university level. Thank you for sharing.
  • Anonymous
    When I went into this course as part of my induction courses at UCL I thought that this course would not offer me much since online learning is something everyone knows about.

    But I was wrong and the course offered my way more than I had expected.

    It has a clear structure and one learns effective strategies in a concise manner.

    It was overall a good use of my time before starting my Masters.

    I would recommend it to anyone who has a major part of their study online.

    Some parts of this course also help in offline study as well.
  • Ahmed Al Hilfi

    Ahmed Al Hilfi completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    Hi, my name is Ahmed , chief engineer and head of internal audit of quality department in basra oil company. Really I find this course full of beneficial information and a good guidance for every student or any researcher want to write an academic (scientific)research. furthermore and personally I find myself learned three big tips: description, analysis and conclusion.

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