FutureLearn launches free online course to support educators impacted by COVID-19 – FE News

First-ever @FutureLearn branded course developed by in-house online teaching and learning experts

FutureLearnthe leading social learning platform, is launching a free online course called “How to teach online: ensuring continuity for students‘, designed to support educators currently facing the imminent shift to online teaching in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many schools and universities around the world are already closed or will potentially close soon. FutureLearn recognizes that many teachers will never have had prior experience with online teaching and, in response to this, has created its first-ever branded course to help provide educators with practical steps to deliver learning and online student support.

How to teach online: ensuring continuity for students‘ will be led by the FutureLearn learning team, whose role is to develop the learner’s experience on the platform, inform its development, course learning design and gather new information about how people learn online.

The course will also include contributions from select FutureLearn partners from prestigious higher education institutions and educational organizations; the British Council, Chartered College of Teaching, Girls’ Day School Trust, University College London, Dublin City University, University of Exeter Business School, SOAS University of London, University of Manchester, Cardiff University and University of Sheffield.

Some partners join as mentors in discussions and answer questions throughout the course. This means learners have access to some of the world’s greatest minds in online teaching and learning, as well as their excellent resources to help teachers get started online.

During the course, educators will learn to adapt their practices to an online context and develop approaches and techniques to engage their students online. The course offers hands-on, community-focused support and educators will be encouraged to share their best practices to create a sense of community and a wider range of online teaching approaches that work.

The course is open for registration now and will begin on March 23. The course lasts three weeks and is expected to repeat every three weeks during these unprecedented times.

Simon Nelson, Managing Director of FutureLearn, commented:

“Supporting educators and scholars during this unprecedented shift from the classroom to online learning is one of FutureLearn’s highest priorities right now. Our mission is to transform access to education and, despite the disruption that COVID-19 brings to schools and universities around the world, it is extremely important that students continue to receive a quality education.

Matt Jenner, Lead Course Educator and Head of Learning Experience at FutureLearn, commented:

“We know there are many great teachers who suddenly find themselves navigating new and unfamiliar online environments to teach. We help teachers produce engaging and meaningful online learning experiences and we wanted to help As a result, we built this course, from scratch, in a week.

“We also wanted to create a community of practice that shares their own challenges, teaching methods and learner needs – our goal is to connect teachers so they can share, reuse and remix simple and effective approaches. We’ll be there , alongside the contributors of our partnership of higher education institutions and prestigious educational organizations, to accompany and guide those who follow the training. We are in the same boat and we all want to ensure the continuity of learners to worldwide. “

Course sponsors

Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technology, UCL Institute of Education

Chris Cavey, Head of Open Learning, English and Examinations, British Council

Claire Ross, British Council

Cat Scutt, Director of Education and Research, Chartered College of Teaching

Hannah Tyreman, Head of Online Learning, Chartered College of Teaching

Amy Icke, Head of Online Learning and Innovation, Girls’ Day School Trust

Professor Mark Brown, Director, National Institute for Digital Learning, DCU

Lisa Harris, Director of Digital Learning, University of Exeter Business School

Dr J Simon Rofe, Academic Head of Digital Learning, SOAS University of London

Angela Davies, University of Manchester

Neil Mosley, Digital Learning Designer, Cardiff University

Laura Giles, University of Sheffield

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