Online Education

The DigiTel Pro Course for Online Teaching and Learning provides strategies and resources to successfully design and implement teaching and learning solutions in online environments. The course encourages reflection and active participation."No matter if your teaching model is going to be fully online or just a part of your hybrid model, this course will help you to understand the principles and the logics of the different elements interacting in an educational online environment.

From the foundations of distance education and its different pedagogical approaches and the different role that teachers have to play, to the learning design of a course, the way you can orchestrate your classroom when moving to online, how to assess and evaluate, and what are the emerging trends and technologies that will let you to innovate in your teaching. The active, participatory and collaborative methodology of the course will provide you with a good background and a number of tips to manage online teaching and learning.

As online teaching is not just to broadcast your lessons through a video-lecture, the resources you will find in this course will let you feel more comfortable and successful when facing online teaching and learning using different technologies appropriate to each situation from a critical perspective.

Who should take part in this course?

This course is designed for anyone involved in the transition to blended or online course and curriculum development and for leaders steering this process, encouraging or promoting online distance education, even at conventional universities.

Course details

  • Start date:

                                                                                       16 March 2022

  • Fee:


  • Enrollment open until:

                                                                 10 February, 2022

  • Length:

                                                                                            14 weeks in total, 6 modules

  • Effort:

                                                                                               30 hours in total, 3-5 hours/modules                       

  • Enrollment requirements:


  • Expected Prior Knowledge:


  • Max. number of participants:

                                                       No limit

  • Instructor(s):

                                                                                   Roland Klemke (Open University Netherlands)

                                                                                   Alessandro Cafforio (Università Telematica Uninettuno)

                                                                                   Montse Guitert (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)

                                                                                   Juliana Raffaghelli (Univesritat Oberta de Catalunya)

                                                                                   Albert Sangrà (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

  • Start first course will be synchronous

    All other courses will vary from date and time (will be announced after first course)

Course overview

The course will cover different topics in 6 modules with a range of videos, articles, quizzes, discussions, synchronous and asynchronous sessions and other interactive activities. Any module can be taken independently, although we advise you to follow the course sequence.

Definition of online education. Pedagogical approaches
  • Understanding the evolution of distance education
  • Identifying technologies that did support distance education generations
  • Familiarising with different models of online education
  • Exploring the pedagogical approaches underlying the online education models
  • Be able to understand key differences between online and offline education
  • Understand the differences of synchronous vs asynchronous online education
Role of the teacher in online education
  • Understanding the basics of teaching in the digital era
  • Exploring the concept and practice of teacher collaboration: key to innovation and professional development
  • Expanding the idea of teaching and learning through the concept of Lifelong learning ecologies
  • Understanding and reflecting about the need of including approaches to students and Staff wellbeing when teaching online
Learning Design

  • Understand what is Instructional System Design
  • Familiarize with basic ISD models: ADDIE meta-model
  • Familiarize with basic ISD models: cognitive model 4C/ID
  • Learning theories and instructional design
  • Understand the complexity: learners’ background, expectations, individual differences
  • Reverse instructional engineering: how to “read” an Online learning course

Orchestrating the classroom
  • Understanding the principles of Communicative and collaborative interaction
  • Achieving strategies to implement guidance, coaching and tutoring across several process of active learning
  • Achieving strategies to promote motivation and engagement
  • Understanding the strategies to adopt data-driven tools to analyse ongoing learning processes (learning analytics)
Assessing and evaluating
  • Understand problems in online assessment
  • Get to know different forms of online assessment
  • The role of feedback in online tests
Understanding innovation & Key emerging technologies
  • Understand the importance of innovation in education
  • Understand the current landscape of KET and their application in (higher) education contexts;
  1. Scenario 1: Data science and analytics;
  2. Scenario 2: AI in Education (Chatbots, ITS, supported associative search)
  3. Scenario 3: XR and learning models
  4. Scenario 4: Blockchain

Certificate of attendance

After completing the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Contact details

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