High quality free online learning experience
In 2016, the University of Derby received the OpenupEd quality label. This means that the University of Derby is recognised as operating in a continuous process of improving their MOOC offerings. By achieving this label the University of Derby demonstrates that it offers quality controlled MOOCs in compliance with benchmarks tailored to both online and open education and keeps up to date with the latest developments. Furthermore, that it uses the OpenupEd quality instrument for benchmarked self-assessment on MOOCs and takes measures of improvement accordingly.
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 course is made up of 5 units and this online course will require approximately 5 hours of study.
The first unit explores the relationship between pedagogies and digital tools and technologies. To begin with, it looks at the use of learning technologies, then how technologies have changed the way we work with no assumption that learning will take place in a physical space. It then explores blends of physical and digital learning to create a holistic learning experience. Finally it looks at how learning analytical data can be used to enhance the learning experience.
The second unit focuses on learning communities. It explores staff and student experiences of scheduled synchronous and flexible asynchronous interactions in the three modes of study; online, blended campus-based and work-based learning. It then looks at how work-based and online students apply their learning in the workplace.
The research suggests that flexible modules should provide choice and visibility of effective ways to meet the total credit hours, a key ingredient of this is guided independent learning such as reading and assignment preparation.
This unit will focus on independent learning, and consider the blend of media and time, to address the following issues:
- Media overload
- Adjusting the pace of independent learning
- Self-assessment and guided assessment preparation.
This unit focuses on how the communication and presentation of information across all levels of the course delivery and student journey can help to create a sense of belonging. It will look at how to ensure students are informed and have digital access to the wider institutional offer, through effective communications.
The final unit draws the themes covered in the previous units together and looks at how to introduce them to students at the start of their modules. It will cover student orientation in digital spaces.