Digital Learning

What is the course about?

This stimulating and informative teacher training course provides a learner-centred approach to online teaching, with a focus on creating interactive online classroom lessons and collaborative online learning environments. Starting with key fundamentals such as how to adapt common communicative activities to the online classroom, the course also looks at designing and organising a fully online programme and creating relevant and meaningful materials including various forms of media, feedback routines and principles of learning design. The course is highly interactive and full of practical and user-friendly tips, techniques and materials from experienced online teachers and trainers.

This course is available in a face-to-face, blended and fully online format.

Face-to-face: a one-week intensive in York
Blended: a 10-hour digital course followed by a 20-hour one-week intensive course in York
Fully online: a 10-hour digital course

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is aimed at educators who are currently taking steps to create digital learning for their students either as a long-term pedagogical concept or to accompany existing teaching methods.

After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  1. a pre-course questionnaire which will enable trainers to learn about the participants’ teaching backgrounds information about the Europass Mobility Certificate a recommended reading list to prepare participants for various aspects of the course information about York to prepare teachers for their cultural experience

At the end of the course, you will:

  • By the end of the course participants will: – be better able to use a variety of virtual classroom tools – have practical ideas for classroom activities in virtual classrooms – have developed stronger online classroom management skills – have a better understanding of online safe-guarding – have practical ideas to create collaborative, learner-centred activities in asynchronous environments – be more aware of the various ways of delivering feedback in asynchronous environments – have a practical understanding of learner journeys – have ideas for creating media for learners through podcasts, inforgraphics and talking head videos. – have a greater understanding of how to build motivation in online courses

The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course, create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities which they would like to try out in their own classes or projects. They are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.

If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need a visa. Students from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

In the unlikely event of a course not recruiting sufficient numbers you would be offered an alternative.

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Fast Facts

Start date(s)
  • March 08 2021(online week 08 February)
  • August 02 2021 (online week June 07)
  • August 30 2021 (online week 07 June)
  • October 11 2021 (online week August 24)
Max. group size
Min. age
Minimum CEF level
Starting from
Course materials
Starting from
21 + 6 hours fully online
Is Erasmus+ funding available?
Blended: £450 York week only: £395 Fully online only: £99
Booking fee


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Sample Course Programme

Introduction to online learning approaches
Establishing course expectations and group dynamic building
Virtual Classrooms 3:
- how interactive can a virtual class be?
- practical ideas for creating engagement in virtual classrooms
what goes in a virtual class; what doesn’t?
Online asynchronous environments: defining levels of collaboration
collaborative tasks
Virtual classrooms 1
- comparison of functionalities
- problem solving with technology issues

Using images:
libraries, creating galleries,
free sources, copyright issues, etc
Delivering feedback in asychnronous environments:
- types of feedback
- automated feedback
feedback in richer media

Virtual classrooms: putting it all together:
planning for virtual classroom practice
Virtual classrooms 2
- whiteboards
- collaboration boards
- breakout rooms
Authoring software:
quizzes, word searches, crosswords and language testing
Providing input through media 2: talking head videos:
-‘how-to’ on video creating and practice
Learner journeys: looking at the more broader experience of the learner and the online course
Collaborative activity: mapping your learner journey

Providing input through media 1: infographics:
‘how-to’ on infographic creation and practice
Managing motivational levels of students online
Providing input through media 3: podcasting
Virtual classroom practice:
feedback, evaluation and debrief on virtual classroom lessons
Virtual classroom practice:
delivering virtual lessons and feedback
Safeguarding your learners:
- open source platforms
- security guidelines
- risk-assessment for online and virtual classroom course design
Field Trip and project task
Conclusion and

Week Review
and Evaluation
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