Online course details


£250 (includes VAT)

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4 units, 5 hours of study per unit

CPD hours

20 CPD hours


Self-guided online learning



Online course description

The educational and training sectors are experiencing revolutionary change as the demand for online courses and educational material is reaching new heights. Technological advancements have created new opportunities and are changing people's behaviours and expectations for educational and training resources. The ability to design and deliver online courses is increasingly becoming a vital skill for educators of today and tomorrow.

This course is a practical introduction to online teaching in adult education. It covers how to design self-guided or facilitated online courses and good practice in online course design, the preparation of instructor activity for online teaching and automated feedback, as well as how to connect with and engage learners in the online course for a successful outcome.

There are a number of things to consider when designing and preparing online courses for an intended audience. This Adult Education – How to Teach Online course will explore the various factors and considerations when setting about with online learning and education.

It may be that you are an academic learning to teach online for the first time or you may work within professional development and be responsible for creating a portfolio of online courses for members of staff.

It will help you to develop a course to be facilitated by a subject matter expert within a defined time span or a course that will be available as a self-guided, learner-led online course.

Adult Education - How to Teach Online is a self-guided short course and you will work your way through it in your own time.

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Who is the course for?

This professional development short course is ideally suited for those working in adult education or training including colleges and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) or organisational training providers and consultancies. It will be of interest to people in the following roles such as:

This professional development course will provide you with:

"I appreciated that I could start and stop the course at any time and that the material was not too dense. Without a background in education, I was able to understand the content and take the information I would need and apply it in my own context."

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Structure, certificates and assessment

You will study this course 100% online. There are four units for you to work through at your own pace and activities and exercises for you to do as you progress through the course material. There is no obligation for you to undertake every activity but we encourage you to actively engage and reflect on what you can apply in your own professional context.

The following questions are indicative of what we will be addressed in this course:

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

An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office who independently accredit training and learning which meets their high quality standards, demonstrating that our non-credit bearing online short courses and free online courses conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

This course equates to 20 hours of CPD. Upon successfully completing the course, you will be issued with an E-Certificate of Completion which you can keep in your CPD record to evidence your learning achievement.

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Course units

The course is made up of 4 units, each will require approximately 5 hours of study.

Unit content is guided by professionally recognised theory and evidence:

Learner-centred design is a distinct part of online teaching. This unit looks at framing design thinking in an educational context. The activities in this unit will allow you to develop your design thinking and improve your pedagogic decision-making.

This unit is all about anticipating the facilitator's engagement either through direct action in a facilitator-led course or automated feedback in a learner-led course.

Course facilitators need to provide a sense of place - a feeling of community in which learners can fully engage with the learning experience. This unit looks at how to make this connection with learners who are online at a distance.

This unit investigates how to keep the online learner engaged for the duration of a course. The aim of engaging students along their path is to retain them and enable them to successfully complete. This final unit will also look at assessment procedures.


A flexible course that fits your schedule

This learner led course is open for continuous enrolment, which means it can be studied at any time and delivered 100% online, allowing you to manage your personal and professional commitments. This is a self-guided course which involves reflective activities to assess subject understanding. Our online short courses are designed to be intellectually stimulating, thought provoking and rewarding.

Fees and funding

Fee: £250 (includes VAT)

Course requirements

The course is widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

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

Learners should have an understanding of the English Language and the ability to study in English.

How to enrol

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

Course creators

This self-guided professional development course draws on learning design expertise and pedagogic practice from the University of Derby Online Learning. Insights are also drawn from our model of supporting online learners as well as designing learner-led or self-guided learning. Our approach is research-informed and based on collective experience and academic practice. The following individuals contributed to this course:

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