The Future of Education: Open Distance Learning

Course Description

There is now an increased presence of online learning within every sector of education, from primary schools to professional skills training. A growing number of people are learning through online courses. Even when teaching is done primarily ‘in person’, online tools and interactions have become an essential part of the learning process.

However, delivering online lessons is different. If you are an educator or training at any level, you need to gain new skills and comprehension to be able to make the best choices, take advantage of opportunities, and conquer typical challenges.

This course is designed for anyone transitioning to teaching online, including educators, collaborators/support staff and leaders. You will be introduced to online education, hear about the experiences of other educators and learn about principles of effective, inclusive and accessible online education.

Course Content

  • Understanding online learning
  • Online learning (use digital communications to support learning)
  • Technology enhanced learning
  • E-learning
  • Choosing tools
  • Web-based communities
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Inclusive digital education
  • Evaluation and adapting methods

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the different approaches to online distance learning
  • Identify the benefits and challenges of online distance learning
  • Develop strategies for effectively teaching online distance learning courses
  • Create engaging and effective online distance learning lessons
  • Assess and evaluate student learning in online distance learning courses
  • Develop digital content for various contexts and formats 
  • Enable digital approaches to instruction and assessment 
  • Incorporate accessible and inclusive communication, considering the needs of diverse users 
  • Utilise collaborative digital environments and tools 
  • Recognize the educational value of various digital tools for teaching and learning 
  • Exchange expertise through online communities of professional learning or practice 
  • Employ digital information to support decision making 
  • Locate digital information sources and services relevant to your professional role

Assessment and Certificates

Assessment of performance will be through delegate-completed portfolio of work. The final course certification for successful completion is a college-issued “Course Certificate of Completion”, for each module studied. In addition, where applicable, delegates will receive relevant EuroPass certificates.