NEXT OFFERING: AUGUST 10 TO SEPTEMBER 13, 2020
Learn how online education differs from traditional classrooms while you develop your own personal plan and strategies for online learning success.
In this five-week course, you explore the fundamentals of the learning process and various models of online courses to determine your learning preferences and which forms of online learning are best for you. Activities address common misconceptions, frustrations and fears about online learning, and introduce techniques to help overcome such obstacles and gain confidence as a learner.
Throughout the course you are guided through an interactive and reflective process by a team of online learning specialists, with the opportunity to join in live sessions with leading researchers in online education.
Learning to Learn Online is entirely free and open to all. This course is offered by Athabasca University and Contact North | Contact Nord. It is intended for students who are learning online for the first time or want to improve their approach to online learning. LTLO is also open to teachers or educational professionals who want to support their students in learning online. Watch our introductory video below.
ABOUT THE COURSE
|Schedule||August 10 to September 13, 2020 (5 weeks)|
|Registration||Open until September 13 · click here|
|Intended audience||Secondary and post-secondary students, as well as the teachers who support them, from Ontario, across Canada, or around the world|
|Workload||5 hours per week (25 hours total)|
On completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe what it means to learn - anywhere, anytime.
- Clarify personal learning preferences.
- Identify common components of an online learning environment.
- Compare differences between online and traditional learning.
- Plan for areas of personal adjustment required for success in online learning.
- Analyze different types of learning environments including a personal learning environment.
- Explore and employ effective online communication tools and strategies.
- Describe the role of an online learning community in supporting learning.
Each week includes about 5 hours of readings, activities, and discussions. If you pass all five quizzes, you will qualify for a Certificate of Completion; there is no charge for certificates.
Athabasca University is Canada's Open University and provides learning for life. Through the achievements of its students, faculty and staff, AU stands out as a provider of high quality post-secondary education. Learning to Learn Online is offered through the Centre for Distance Education in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Contact North | Contact Nord is Ontario's Distance Education and Training Network. As a community-based organization, Contact North | Contact Nord helps underserved Ontarians in 600 small, rural, remote, Indigenous and Francophone communities get jobs by making it possible for them to access education and training through online learning without leaving their communities. Click the map to view our service area.
YOUR INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM
|DR. MARTHA CLEVELAND-INNES|
Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes is a Professor in the Centre of Distance Education at Athabasca University where she is heavily involved in the research and practice of blended and online teaching and learning. She holds a PhD in Education with a concentration in higher education and the social world. She joined Athabasca University in 2001 and teaches leadership, blended and online teaching and learning, and MOOC design and delivery.
Dan Wilton has over fifteen years' experience as an online instructor. As Course Inspirer and lead facilitator for LTLO, he will be your guide to making this MOOC enjoyable and rewarding. Dan is a doctoral student in distance education at Athabasca University and is a developer and research assistant for the Centre for Distance Education, where he is involved in the design, development, and analysis of several MOOCs and other educational initiatives.
Sarah Gauvreau is a Research Associate at Contact North | Contact Nord in Ontario, Canada. As a Course Facilitator, she is here to help answer your questions, support, connect and engage with you during your learning journey in LTLO. Sarah has been in the field of education for over 18 years in both the face-to-face (K to 12 and adult ESL) and in online learning, as a teacher and researcher. Sarah has completed her Graduate Diploma of Instructional Design and Master's degree in education, specializing in distance education.
COMMENTS FROM OUR PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS
"This course ignited excitement in me to learn again! I will now be taking some special interest courses in Indigenous Studies and Psychological First Aid."
"The course provided better clarity with regards to what an online learner looks like and helped me to evolve as an online learner."
"I appreciate their well planned and precise instructions and commitment to reading and responding to all participants' submissions."
"Showed me the learning experience from a student's point of view - this will help me deliver a better online experience for my students when I have to teach them online in the Fall of 2020."