How to Learn Online: Getting Started

Online Course

Future Learn
How to Learn Online: Getting Started

What is the course about?

How to Learn Online: Getting Started
The course How to Learn Online: Getting Started is an online class provided by The Open University through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Explore the benefits of online learning and discover how to successfully learn online.
Course description
  • Embrace the opportunities that online learning offers.
  • 2 weeks
  • Since Covid-19, there has been an increased interest and in some cases, a necessity to move learning online.

  • This course draws on the expertise of the The Open University – a global leader in online learning. You will explore online learning and the wide-ranging benefits it brings to learners.
  • You’ll discover the skills required for online study and evaluate your own study skillset. You’ll also examine how students form online communities and how they benefit from flexible study arrangements while still being supported by dedicated tutors.
  • Online learning takes advantage of technology to simulate or improve upon traditional methods of teaching. You’ll be introduced you to some of these teaching methods, including looking at two periods of European history, teaching chemistry through the online OpenScience Laboratory and using free apps to practise writing Chinese characters.
  • Explore and understand the key aspects of online learning
  • Identify and recognise the main differences between online and campus-based university learning
  • Assess how studying online can match personal interests and preferences, and help to develop skills – preparing you for future online study
  • If you are considering, or new to online learning, this short course offers you the perfect starting point to prepare you for your online learning journey.
  • The Open University
  • The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

Prerequisites & Facts

How to Learn Online: Getting Started

Course Topic

Study Skills

University, College, Institution

The Open University

Course Skill Level

Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

How to Learn Online: Getting Started

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / The Open University you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
The Open University
How to Learn Online: Getting Started
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Topic: Study Skills
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