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What is the course about?

What do the participants learn?

In the last decades, we observe technology developments, we expect changes, which the Covid pandemic is to bring, and how online education is becoming much more accessible.

The aim of the course is to provide online teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to design and teach online courses effectively. The course provides a general overview of online course models, the role of the online teacher, characteristics of online learners, the importance of online learning communities, planning course content, syllabus, and learning activities, assessment and feedback in online courses.

After finishing this course, you will be able to prepare and conduct online classes and know what principles and models must be followed while designing online classes for adults. You will be able to build and support an online learning community and apply concepts related to the use of the technology in an analytic and critical manner when discussing education and work, You will be able to argue for the importance of ethical guidelines applying to the internet, social media and smart technology, which should be kept in mind in learning and work. You will become a better online teacher.

Main topics:


  1. What is online learning?

    1. Asynchronous and synchronous

  2. The online teacher

    1. How to prepare, conduct and evaluate online teaching

    2. Importance of ethical guidelines

  3. Characteristics of online learners

  1. Digital citizenship

  2. Netiquette

  1. Creating online learning communities

    1. Social presence

  2. Assessment and feedback in online course

    1. Formative and summative

    2. Collaborative assessment

  3. Technology tools to support online teaching and learning

    1. Examples of different learning management systems

    2. Examples of different e-learning tools


Auðbjörg Björnsdóttir, Helena Sigurðardóttir, Helgi Freyr Hafþórsson, Margrét Einarsdóttir

Centre for Teaching and Learning


The University of Akureyri, Iceland



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