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Online Course

How To Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students

via FutureLearn


Discover practical ways to teach online and support your students

Are you a teacher looking to learn how to teach online successfully in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. This 3-week course will teach you how to adapt from face-to-face teaching to online teaching so that you and your students can get the most out of the school day.

Even for experienced practitioners, this situation presents challenges. However, with the right knowledge, you can overcome the hurdles presented by teaching online and embrace its possibilities.

Creating a lesson plan

The course will begin with a discussion about the challenges of online teaching and advice on how to prepare your students for success outside of the classroom.

You’ll learn how to create effective lesson plans for online teaching and think about learning design considerations. We’ll provide useful resources and share some answers to popular questions about teaching online.

Engaging your students

Discover how to build a strong online community by connecting with others, and learn how to create engagement through interaction. You’ll find out how to balance online learning with offline, asynchronous learning.

We’ll be thinking about creating a structure for students during this difficult time and discussing how to build an effective student learning environment from home.

You’ll select and design different approaches aimed at engaging students, and you’ll hear from some students about their experiences with learning online.

Checking progress and providing feedback

In the third and final week of the course, you’ll learn what makes an effective assessment and feedback system. Checking student progress and giving useful feedback is very different in an online context, so it’s important to learn the best methods.

This course is designed for educators, teachers, lecturers, and trainers who have to rapidly move from face-to-face to online teaching in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taught by

Matt Jenner, Felicity Parsisson, Monty King and Zoë Sandford

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  • Nicole Vernon
    If you are a teacher going into online teaching for the first time and not sure how to begin, what strategies to use, then this course is for you. Do you have material and no idea how to arrange it to be presented to students? This course is for you....
  • Anonymous
    The course was really informative and useful for each teacher. I am sure that everyone found anything interesting here. I would like to express my gratitude to the organizers of the course and my colleagues from all over the world who shared their experience and ideas.
  • Anonymous
    Course is awesome. Educators and teachers made very great content made they put on lots of efforts.i learned lots of information from this course. I will share this content to my peer groups. I noted all the information. And I will implement the techniques. I learned from this course well being and how to maintain good health. I also learned how controlling exam tensions. I learned lesson keeping continuity to the students on subject. Assessment and feedback back technique now I know because of this course.Honestly feedback techniques is very useful and great. Everyone must know this topic. From now onwards I will plan to implement these techniques. Once's again I thanked to all of your educators.
  • Anonymous
    HOW TO TEACH ONLINE FUTURELEARN, Providing Continuity for Students

    First of all I do appreciated all your efforts, as you mention this course was done “in the rush”, to HELP us, for that thank you very much, one comment: I notice one mistake, there is a letter “a “ missing in the word education.

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  • Anonymous
    I took this course to familiarize with online teaching because I'm getting ready to take a test to qualify for a teaching position. I learned a lot, not only about the contents of the course, but the structure of it also helped me understand the different requirements of online teaching. Very flexible, loads of resources to investigate and a great community to reflect progress. Completely recomended!!!
  • Anonymous
    The course was quite sufficient to cater for the needs of any teachers who would start to teach online. It provides the information and resources needed. It is suitable not only for primary or secondary level teachers but also higher education instructors who are in need of searching information about how and where to start off teaching online. Thanks and kind regards to the course developers.
  • Anonymous
    Very useful course for those who want to teach online. There are many tips regarding active involvement of students , use of new technology, students feedback and assessment, taking care of students health & safety etc. They have shared lots of resources useful to make online teaching more interesting, innovative , participate, encouraging , less-stressful, developing and many more.
  • Anonymous
    I already completed the review and I have completed the the class three times. I appreciate the information , but it has no end. How do you earn a certificate. I completed all the exercises and participated in all the discussions, but can't receive a certificate. So although it was helpful it is also a waste of TIME!
  • Anonymous
    One should visit this site and must do these courses. It helps us in every sort and I have been the student in this quarantine. As a teacher I faced a lot of difficulties of conducting the online session but now I'm familiar of these trick and using the strategies in my classroom.


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  • Anonymous
    I can highly recommend this FutureLearn course to any newbie or veteran teacher who wants to learn the latest on teaching online. The course offers a wealth of information on how to approach the subject, your students, as well as the friendly advice shared by other fellow teachers. Keep learning!
  • Anonymous
    Hi! I liked the cours i took on futurelearn. It was very hopeful for me and my algerian students of german language and literature. The lessons here are very good made and organized. I developed my knowledge throu what i have learned here in this course. Thank you so much
  • Anonymous
    The course gave very clear and simple ideas on how to transition to online teaching. There were some engaging articles to read and information on various platforms. I found some of the tasks a little basic and not appropriate for my current teaching role
  • Anonymous
    Very detailed and structured activities and information to be able to start with teaching online. This course helped me a lot to be more self conscious about my practices and also I have a lot of new resources to apply to my classes.
  • Anonymous
    FutureLearn gave me a lot of useful tips and resources to help me transition to online teaching. I found that the links to Apps that could be used to produce videos and podcasts were great. I did not have to search for them myself!
  • Anonymous
    Thank you so much for the course! Really, thanks a bunch to everyone who took part in creating this wonderful course and to those who sponsored it, definitely! Without you it would have been way less accessible
  • Anonymous
    The course is very helpful and very much relevant to the present time. The lessons and activities were well structured. It guarantees not only professional development but personal development as well.
  • Anonymous
    I find it interesting and useful to join such a course to increase my knowledge, support my learners and colleagues.

    I find it a chance to learn more about the topic I need .

    Thanks very much
  • Anonymous
    Was an interactive , engaging and enlightening course. I learnt a lot from my peers and others. Would also like to do some more courses. Learning and gaining knowledge must never end.
  • Anonymous
    Good class very useful in providing real program planning tips. It also took into count the technological challenges that educators are currently struggling with.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you for this course. I consider it is an excellent course. I learned a lot of new concepts for teaching online. Really I enjoyed this course.

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