This course is aimed at individuals looking to learn the skills required to teach effectively online. No previous experience of teaching online is required. The target audience for the course is academics looking to develop new skills for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate-level courses online, and teachers delivering (or planning to deliver) education online.
The course is also suitable for individuals or organisations looking to deliver training online or those interested in facilitating online collaborative spaces.
Those taking this course in the past have come from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Fiji, Germany, Greece, Ghana, Grenada, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA and Wales.
In order to participate in this course you must have basic IT skills and be confident using a computer for purposes such as word processing, preparing presentations, e-mail and searching the Internet.
This course involves using the synchronous online conferencing tool Adobe Connect Professional. Such software is more technically demanding on the IT infrastructure than many other e-learning tools, so you should be prepared to spend some time at the start of the course getting your PC set up to use this software. For example, you might need to install a browser plug-in; install new hardware, such as a webcam; or adjust the settings on your PC. An IT Helpdesk is available to provide advice if you encounter any technical difficulties.
Please also note that as part of this course you will be required to prepare some slides, using PowerPoint, and give a short online presentation. This course assumes that you are already familiar with using PowerPoint, so the study hours indicated above do not include any additional time you might need to learn how to use this software.
Those with limited IT skills may find that some extra time is required for setup at the beginning of the course (IT support is provided free of charge as part of the course).
This course is delivered online; to participate you will need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended Minimum computer specification.
Computer specification queries
If you have queries about your computer facilities, please contact the TALL (Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning) programme by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)1865 280990.
If you intend to access the course on a public computer, such as in a public library or internet café, we recommend that you contact TALL before applying.
We use Adobe Connect Learning for synchronous tutorials (which enables the simultaneous delivery of voice, video and presentation documents to imitate a traditional tutorial environment).
The only fixed times during the course are the online synchronous tutorials using the Adobe Connect Learning software where you will see and hear the course tutor and other students via webcam. Note: these tutorials are at a time which tries to accommodate all the various time zones of the students on the course. The tutor will try to vary the times throughout the course but you may have late or early sessions depending on your time zone. Later in the course you will have the opportunity to set up and run your own tutorials with other students on the course using this software and this can be done at a time to suit you. Click here for more information about the timing of the synchronous tutorials.