Athabasca University has teamed up with Contact North | Contact Nord to offer a specidl edition of Learning to Learn Online to introduce concepts and practices important to successful online learning. This course is suitable for post-secondary students and teachers of any level.

LTLO runs from August 10 to September 13. This course is sponsored by Athabasca University and is offered at no charge.

Learn how online education differs from traditional classrooms while you develop your own personal plan and strategies for online learning success.

In this free five-week course, you will explore the fundamentals of the learning process and various models of online courses to determine your learning preferences and which forms of online learning are best for you. Activities will address common misconceptions, frustrations and fears about online learning, and introduce techniques to help overcome such obstacles and gain confidence as a learner.

Throughout the course you will be guided through an interactive and reflective process by a team of online learning specialists, with the opportunity to join in live sessions with leading researchers in online education.

LTLO Classic runs from August 10 to September 13, 2020.

This five-week course has been offered several times since 2015 and is intended for novice online learners in post-secondary education (or looking ahead to it) and for teachers and instructors at any level. The course is presented by Contact North | Contact Nord and Athabasca University, Canada's Open University, and registration and certificates are offered at no charge.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe what it means to learn - anywhere, anytime.
  • Clarify personal learning preferences.
  • Identify common components of an online learning environment.
  • Compare differences between online and traditional learning.
  • Plan for areas of personal adjustment required for success in online learning.
  • Analyze different types of learning environments including a personal learning environment.
  • Explore and employ effective online communication tools and strategies.
  • Describe the role of an online learning community in supporting learning.
Certificates of completion are available for participants who pass all five module quizzes.

Course Instructor

Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes is a Professor and Chair in the Centre of Distance Education at Athabasca University where she is heavily involved in the research and practice of blended and online teaching and learning. She holds a PhD in Education with a concentration in higher education and the social world. She joined Athabasca University in 2001 and teaches leadership, blended and online teaching and learning, and MOOC design and delivery.

Course Inspirer

Dan Wilton has over fifteen years' experience as an online instructor. As course Inspirer and lead facilitator for LTLO, he will be your guide to making this MOOC enjoyable and rewarding. Dan is a doctoral student in distance education at Athabasca University and is a developer and research assistant for the Centre for Distance Education, where he is involved in the design, development, and analysis of several MOOCs and other educational initiatives.

... and our dedicated facilitation team of online education specialists.