Lifelong Learning (formerly Short Courses)

Remote Learning with the Centre for Open Learning

2020/21 Short Courses - Do Things Differently!

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We know there’s never been a more important time to stay connected, and here, at the Centre for Open Learning, we’re committed to providing opportunities for you to be inspired, get creative, or learn something new.

So we’re pleased to share that Term 2 of 2020/21 Short Courses is now open for booking!

With uncertainty still surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we're going to continue to do things differently in Term 2, and, as you'd expect, our Short Courses will be taught remotely.

So, whether you'd like to progress you language skills, study the Life and Times of Mary Queen of Scots, get started on Using a Sketch Book, or explore the Archaeology of Scotland, you can, from the comfort of your own home!  

And with Term 2 starting in January 2021, it's a perfect time to get a head start on smashing those New Year’s resolutions! 


Click here to explore our full range of Term 2 courses.


Got questions about remote learning? Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions…

What does remote learning mean?

Remote learning means that there will be no on-campus teaching at the Centre for Open Learning and all learning will take place in a live, online classroom. 

All classes will be live and will happen in real time. You’ll be able to see your tutor, interact with your fellow students and there will be plenty of opportunity for participation, questions and discussion - just like as if your class were on campus! You'll also be given access to your own virtual classroom, materials and suggested activities to help enhance your learning throughout the week.

What will I need to study remotely?

To study remotely with us you’ll need a device with audio and video capability such as a laptop, desktop, tablet or phone. You’ll also need a reliable internet connection and ideally a quiet space to work from… although cameo appearances from pets and kids are most welcome (we’re very used to that now!).

How will I access classes online?

Language courses will be taught on Zoom – this platform allows for the best interactive language learning experience

Art and Design, Humanities, Social Sciences and Science and Nature will be taught on the University of Edinburgh’s virtual classroom Collaborate.

Both are simple to use and in the weeks leading up to your course, we’ll provide the guidance you need to prepare for study.