Learning to Teach Online

Based upon the award winning* educational resources of same name developed by Simon McIntyre and Karin Watson, the Learning to Teach Online (LTTO) MOOC is designed to help existing educators establish or improve their own online or blended teaching practices. The target audience is primarily teachers in higher education, K-12, community college, and vocational or private education.

About The Course

Are you an educator? Have you ever wanted to understand more about how to design your course to make better use of educational technology – whether fully online or in blended contexts? Would you like to learn from those who have extensive practical experience with online technologies? This course is designed to help you develop a working understanding of successful online teaching strategies that you can apply in your own practice.

Integrating online technologies into your teaching can be a challenging prospect, and it can be difficult to know how to approach it effectively for the benefit of both students and yourself. No one knows your own content and teaching strengths better than you, and the “one size fits all” formula doesn’t always suit everyone. No matter what type of technology you are interested in exploring or your level of experience, this course will help you draw on your teaching strengths and find the approach that is right for you, your students and your educational context. To allow both for breadth in personalization and depth in key areas that interest you, this course will guide you through your journey of understanding how online technologies can enhance your course design. Listen to Course Instructors Simon McIntyre and Negin Mirriahi talk about the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I earn for completing this course?

You can earn a Verified Certificate by verifying your work with a risk-free, no obligation Signature Track trial. Payment for Signature Track can be made anytime until the week before the course ends — so you’ll be more certain that you’ll earn your Verified Certificate.

If you choose not to verify your work, you can still participate in the complete course.  While your final score will be noted on your course records page, this course will not offer a Statement of Accomplishment.

What will I learn in this class?

You will learn strategies and best practices to help you plan, develop and teach using online technologies. You will also learn how best to engage and enthuse students within online learning environments and activities, and how to manage your own time when teaching online. The course focuses on developing your understanding of effective, sustainable and transferable online pedagogies, rather than giving instruction about how to use specific technologies. By understanding how different types of technology relate to various types of learning activities, your online teaching practice can be adapted to whatever different technologies that you may choose to learn.

What is the coolest thing about this class?

The content is comprised of the shared knowledge and wisdom of real educators and students who are engaged in online learning in a wide variety of forms. Not only are the benefits of online teaching discussed, but the pitfalls and frustrations as well, offering genuine practical advice to help prevent you making the same mistakes in your own online teaching.

*Learning to Teach Online OER Awards

2012 MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources – MERLOT Classics (USA) Faculty Development Editorial Board Award - Learning to Teach Online McIntyre, S., Watson, K. 

2011 Ascilite Innovation and Excellence Award Exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education - Learning to Teach Online McIntyre, S., Watson, K.

Recommended Background

There is no requirement for participants to possess prior knowledge or experience of online teaching practices or related technologies. This course is relevant for those:

  • New to online or blended teaching or those wishing to improve their current practice
  • Interested in educational technology and/or online instruction
  • Involved in higher education, K-12, elementary, community college, vocational or corporate training
  • Who wish to continue their professional development and increase their relevance and value to the contemporary workplace
  • Who are learning and teaching professionals (education developers, instructional designers, etc)