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Course Overview

Online learning is likely to be important for you in the future, either at university or in the workplace. Learning online is different to learning in the classroom as it requires different skills. This course will help you to develop those skills, showing you how to learn and communicate effectively in an online environment. 

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’, which introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to study effectively online.

Week 1 
How to communicate and share online  


Before you get started, take some time to introduce yourself and meet your fellow learners from around the world. 

The importance of online communication and collaboration 

In this activity, you’ll reflect on why is it important to share and collaborate as part of online learning. 

Discussing your work online 

In this activity, you will explore the key elements of communicating effectively online, particularly in a learning context. 

 How can you share your work online? 

In this activity, you will explore key tools for sharing work online, and reflect on the importance of considering copyright when doing so. 


To close this week, you are introduced to some of the options for studying at the University of Leeds. You also look forward to next week. 

Week 2 
How to collaborate online 

About Week 2 

This week, you’ll focus in more detail on how to collaborate with others online in a shared project. 

Working collaboratively online 

In this activity, explore how working collaboratively online is different to offline, and how this can have key benefits and challenges. 

Tools for collaboration 

In this activity, you will explore different types of tools you can use in online collaborative working. 

Supportive collaborative feedback 

In this activity, you will explore the key importance of providing constructive feedback and practice this by giving feedback to another learner.  

End of course summary 

Having reached the end of this course, you can test your understanding and then look forward to the next course in the series, or further courses from the University of Leeds

Courses in this collection are great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to… 
  • Assess your current level of confidence with learning online. 
  • Explore the online learning that is available via search engines, video channels and social media. 
  • Identify the importance of the learning journey and defining personal learning goals. 
  • Reflect on the factors which help you to learn effectively online. 
  • Identify the implications of not using online communications effectively. 
  • Assess your knowledge of learning by video using short quizzes. 
  • Explore online profiles and understand how to make the most of learning discussion forums. 
  • Explore the value of working collaboratively with others online by contributing to online discussions. 
  • Explore tools such as wikis, pinboards and reports to collaborate online. 
  • Assess your post-course confidence with learning online by participating in the test which concludes the course. 
  • Ozone Certificate.