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Week 2: Discovering the connections: principles and theories for understanding digital tools

Introduction

How do you get started with online teaching? In this week, we will look at some principles that underpin effective online teaching, and how learning theories can inform approaches to teaching. Following this you will be introduced to a categorisation of the technologies used in online teaching. Finally, you will be introduced to the world of learning objects. Pulling all of this together should enable you to start planning what you want to achieve with online teaching.

Teacher reflections

This week we have a clip from Leanne, who tells us about some of the tools and concepts she has found useful in her teaching.

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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • understand some of the essential principles of online teaching
  • be aware of some key learning theories and classifications of online teaching technologies
  • understand the concept of learning objects and some of the different classifications of these.