Teaching - Online Teaching

Open University in Ireland

Teaching - Online Teaching

We’re pioneers in the design and delivery of digital teaching, learning and assessment. This certificate is available globally and offers you the unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and blended teaching through content created by experts from The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology. You’ll study ways in which new media and cutting-edge educational technologies can be used effectively and equitably, across multiple sectors, to engage diverse learners and meet their needs.

Key features of the course
• Deepens your understanding of online teaching, learning and assessment, and learning that blends face-to-face and distance education.
• Designed to meet the needs of practitioners using new technologies in their professional context.
• Encourages you to link your studies with your own practice throughout.
• Relevant for non-practitioners with an interest in online learning.

How long it takes
The minimum time to complete this qualification is one year.

Subjects taught

To gain this qualification, you need 60 credits as follows:
60 credits from:
• Technology-enhanced learning: foundations and futures (H880) 1 60 Credits

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

For module details please see "Course Web Page".

Entry requirements

You must be prepared to study at postgraduate level. This usually means holding a bachelors degree - whether from a UK university or from one outside the UK - or its equivalent.

All teaching is in English, and your proficiency in the language needs to be adequate for postgraduate study and for contributing to online discussions by text and voice. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend that you make sure you can achieve a score of at least seven in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). To assess your English Language skills in relation to your proposed studies, you can visit the IELTS website.

Although experience of distance education may be an advantage, it is not essential.


1 year

Enrolment dates

See Course Web Page link for next start date.

Post Course Info

Career relevance
The Postgraduate Certificate in Online Teaching is closely focused on developing knowledge and skills that can immediately be applied to professional practice. You will explore the implications of learning design and educational technology choices made across a wide range of contexts and organisations, both formal and informal, and for diverse learners. You will advance your skills in selecting and designing with educational technologies and your understanding of how educational technologies can be evaluated.

This qualification is relevant for professionals including teachers, trainers, lecturers, educational technologists, learning designers, librarians, project managers, entrepreneurs and practice educators in nursing and other subjects.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Cert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible

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