Online course details


£350 (includes VAT)

Start date

Open now

Course length

4 units, 5 hours of study per unit

CPD hours

20 CPD hours

Mode of study

Self-guided online learning



Online course description

Technological advancements are creating a revolutionary change for the educational and training sectors as we see more and more courses and educational material consumed through online or e-learning. The ability to design and deliver online courses is becoming a vital skill for educators of today.

This self-guided professional development course offers a practical introduction to online teaching for adult education and looks at how to re-create the traditional classroom experience in an online context. It explains the difference between e-learning and online learning and explores frameworks for teaching online as well as strategies for delivering effective adult online learning.

With a specific focus on adult education, the aim of this course is to provide you with an understanding of how to create online courses, the ability to build online student communities and the knowledge of what is required to effectively teach online. Additionally, Education Leaders will benefit from these insights to support curriculum development, teaching, learning and self-assessments.

Who is the course for?

Though open to anyone, 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 particular interest to people in roles such as:

This professional development course will provide you with:

Adult Education: How to Teach Online video

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Structure, certificates and assessment

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

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.

An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

The CPD Standards Office CPD Provider: 60069

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:

The unit considers the definition and pedagogy that sits behind online learning and look at the difference between e-learning and online learning. The unit covers e-learning design, the creation of teaching content and learning design, and looks at how this content is absorbed in a virtual classroom.

In this unit, we look at how to plan and design meaningful online assessments, including the creation of assessments for different levels of knowledge and skills testing whilst building in all aspects of online learning to deliver well structured, meaningful and engaging content.

This unit focuses on what e-learning content looks like and explores the tools and techniques that can be employed to create engaging and meaningful content. Building on what is covered in Units 1 and 2, we will also start to form a learning package.

This unit looks at online communities such as discussion forums, blogs, wikis and other forms of collaborative tools. We will evaluate how they function, the way they’re organised, the way in which individuals communicate whilst considering the positives and negatives of these platforms. Hints and tips will also be provided on how to manage these forms of collaborative platforms.

Learning outcomes


A flexible course that fits in with working and family life

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 studies around work and family commitments. This is a self-guided course which involves reflective activities to assess subject understanding whilst completing a personal portfolio. Our online short courses are designed to be intellectually stimulating, thought provoking and rewarding.

Fees and funding

Fee: £350 (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 author

Paula Shaw

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