During this professional development course you will learn how to deliver online adult education and how to create a virtual classroom. By considering best practice approaches, you will learn how to design and develop engaging online courses, good quality online educational material and authentic online assessments. You will also learn how to communicate with online learners and engage them in online communities for peer-to-peer learning too.

This is a practical course, during which you will create online educational resources to share with colleagues to obtain their views and feedback. You will explore the opportunities and challenges of online teaching and will understand what it takes to teach online as well as what it is like to be an online learner. These experiences will help you to improve your online teaching methods.

You will gain valuable insight into the world of online adult education by exploring what an online learning experience should be like and looking at practical examples and effective pedagogical approaches to online learning design.

The aim of this course is to provide you with theoretical knowledge and practical skills that you can use in your work environment as you begin your online teaching journey. Although this course does not teach you how to use technologies, our Introduction to Innovative 21st Century Teaching short course provides a practical introduction to the use of digital technologies.

This professional development course will provide you with:

  • an understanding of how e-learning differs from online learning.
  • tools and techniques to plan and design engaging e-learning content.
  • skills to manage and moderate online communities to enable your students to have a full learning experience.
  • the know-how to create and evaluate assessment criteria.
  • the ability to deal with the challenges faced when creating an online learning journey.

Learning and assessment

You will study this course 100% online. It comprises a range of activities including:

  • The application of online learning tools and techniques to create online adult education courses.
  • Create useful and engaging e-learning resources.
  • Undertaking exercises to help you to reflect.
  • Reading extracts from texts and academic journals.

There is no obligation for you to undertake every activity, but being involved in all aspects of the course will help you to achieve a well-rounded knowledge of how to teach online within an adult educational setting.

There is no graded assessment. Instead, you will receive a badge for each completed unit, and then upon completion of the whole course, you will be awarded with an e-certificate.

How to enrol for the Adult Education: How to Teach Online course?

All of our short online courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

Course requirements:

The course is widely available for anyone to take part regardless of age or location, or level of education or professional work experience.

You will, however, need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic device. You will also need a valid email address to register on the online learning platform in order to take part in the course.

You will be required to agree to the terms and conditions, which will be available when you enrol, before you start the course.