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How to Create an Online Course

Discover key skills and practical tools to create engaging online learning experiences.

Course overview

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This two-week, self-paced online course created by digital education experts in the University's Educational Design and Engagement team, provides guidance on how to create online learning materials that are open, accessible, and engaging.

You will complete practical activities to explore key topics such as target audience, writing style and narrative, active learning, and digital tools.

By completing the course, you will be equipped to create targeted, interactive, and inclusive content that will appeal to a global audience. The knowledge and skills you develop will enable you to confidently begin your own course design process.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Create personas to gain a clear understanding of target audiences for short online courses.

  • Describe the value of active learning and narrative in digital education, and write concise content using appropriate language and tone.

  • Identify suitable formats for creating engaging online materials in line with accessibility and open licensing guidance.

  • Evaluate a range of current digital education tools and explain some of their benefits and limitations.

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