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Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses

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Course Features

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Duration

12 weeks

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Delivery Method

Online

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Available on

Lifetime Access

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Accessibility

Mobile, Desktop

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Language

English

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Subtitles

English

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Level

Advanced

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Effort

13 hours per week

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Teaching Type

Instructor Paced

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Dates & Batches

From 13 Mar 23

Course Description

This microcredential, which lasts 12 weeks, will give you the skills to assess and improve your online courses.

This microcredential is for individuals who are educators, trainers, and learning institutions. It will help you ensure that your online courses and technology enhanced learning (TEL) offerings continue to be successful regardless of your sector.

While technology isn't new, the COVID-19 pandemic saw individuals and organisations move courses and teaching online at an unprecedented rate. Some implementations have been so rapid that there is no evidence to support it.

Variations of the lockdown strategy will likely continue for some time. However, technology-enhanced learning is more in-demand than ever.

This course will help you create an ethical course evaluation framework, analyze cause and effect relationships in the findings, share relevant insights with stakeholders, and ultimately increase the impact of your online classes.

You can minimize the long-term effects of COVID-19 and its impact on student learning by identifying the best ways to make online learning and assessment work.

This microcredential will allow you to identify the factors that limit or enhance your teaching, and help you use these insights to improve your online teaching.

As part of your learning journey, you'll be encouraged not only to use the skills and knowledge that you have acquired but also to learn from your peers.

This course was developed by The Open University's leading online and distant education experts. You will learn how to recognize what's working and why, using the best educational evaluation techniques.

Learn how to make an ethical evaluation strategy for your setting. You will also learn how to analyze your findings to help you adapt your online course design.

Global online learning is expected to reach $325 billion by 2025. Blended learning and COVID-19 social distancing are driving online education. This means that online learning is becoming more commonplace, as well as being integrated into traditional teaching methods.

Teachers have to be able to assess the effectiveness of online courses.

This course will benefit you if you have taught in an adult learning environment. This microcredential is for you if you are thinking of moving your teaching online.

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Skills You Will Gain

Prerequisites/Requirements

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A Bachelors degree or an equivalent level qualification

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Experience working in education

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A strong interest in teaching and learning

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All teaching is in English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you can achieve an IELTS score of at least seven

What You Will Learn

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Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the reasons for evaluating teaching

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Draw on key theories to identify and assess a range of evaluation approaches and frameworks and their appropriateness for specific settings

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Design evaluation strategies that are suitable for your technology-enhanced learning (TEL), and which meet the needs of diverse stakeholders

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Show understanding of the ethical considerations involved in educational evaluation and how they can be managed

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Share knowledge of how evaluation findings can be disseminated to meet diverse stakeholders needs

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Designing course evaluation strategies

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Using an evaluation framework

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Teaching online

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Online course evaluation design

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Technology-enhanced learning

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Learning design

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Evaluation findings analysis

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Stakeholder management

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Managing ethical considerations

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Teaching evaluation approaches

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Selecting data collection methods

Target Students

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This microcredential will help institutions and individuals evaluate the effectiveness of their online teaching and, ultimately, build upon and improve their online courses

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It will be particularly relevant if youve recently started teaching remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

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The microcredential will benefit the career of those working or looking to work in universities, colleges or wider adult learning settings

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Teachers and Trainers

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Learning designers

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Educational technologists

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Heads of department

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Institution leaders

Course Instructors

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Dr Leigh-Anne Perryman (she/her)

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Dr Leigh-Anne Perryman leads The Open Universitys Online and Distance Education programme. Her research explores the relationship between equity, social justice, online teaching and open pedagogies.
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Rebecca Ferguson

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I'm a professor at The Open University, focused on educational futures, learning analytics, MOOCs, innovating pedagogy & online social learning.
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Martin Weller

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I am Professor of Educational Technology at the OU. My interests are in digital scholarship, open education, OER and MOOCs.
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