A spider's web

Just now, the web and social media are buzzing with advice and ideas about how to teach online.  They range from quick ‘top tips’ to more involved think-pieces.  One (‘Please do a bad job of putting your courses online’) even went viral back on March 12th.

I think there are going to be two waves to this thing: the first where people need to get online quickly with anything they have to hand, and the second where there will be more time to think about it, to learn what works and what doesn’t, and where people can take a bit more time to develop their own approaches.

Here are some useful resources, ranging from quick tips to more sophisticated engagement with the challenges of teaching online. All are from good people doing good work.

Online Learning In A Hurry

By Dave Cormier


This is really good.  Just-in-time blog posts in an hour of need, for people teaching online for the first time.

Donald Clark

http://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com (blog) and https://twitter.com/DonaldClark (Twitter)

From ‘ten tips’ to iconoclastic reflections on learning theory from an online learning pioneer.

Futurelearn course

A free course on How To Teach Online, knocked up by Matt Jenner and colleagues over at Futurelearn.

The Learning Designer

A tool for teachers moving online, developed by a team led by Diana Laurillard at the UCL Knowledge Lab.  Helps you to plan and vary the various types of learning you are going to use in your online course.

The M25 Learning Technology Group

A group of online learning professionals within the M25 region.  An active email list and good people.  I used to help manage this back in 2006, and our very own Anna Armstrong is one of the current Officers. 

Leonard Houx

I worked with Leonard at Cass.  He’s an original thinker and a good counterpoint to orthodoxy and fashion. Rummage around in his Twitter feed for links to his thoughtful pieces on the nuances of Instructional Design.

ALT (The Association of Learning Technology)

The UK’s professional body for learning technology professionals. Right now, they have a great list of resources, from guides to think-pieces to free webinars.

Open University Resources

Martin Weller at the OU has put together a useful index of their free resources.

A good introductory blog piece by Derek Jones of the OU.

The Centre for Distance Education

Our very own research and scholarship hub at the University of London, investigating and interrogating online and distance learning from all sorts of angles. Lots of good stuff, including from our recent Research In Distance Education (RIDE) conference, which was held just before the lockdown in London.

Bloomsbury Learning Exchange

The Bloomsbury Learning Exchange (BLE) is a digital education service, which exists to share good practice between its partners and enable collaboration on technology enhanced learning projects. It’s a partnership of six co-located HE institutions in Bloomsbury, central London: Birkbeck, LSHTM, RVC, SOAS, UCL and the University of London.

Our MOOC with the BLE, Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology is up and live on Coursera now.  Free learning, unless you want the certificate too. It focusses on practical use of common learning technologies, and is a great way to get started.  Sign up today!


A satirical piece over at McSweeney’s about the experience of a lecturer trying to teach online for the first time while self-isolating.

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