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Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
This Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education is presented by The Open University UK's Institute of Educational Technology and is open to students from countries all over the world.

About

The Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education from The Open University UK offers the unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and distance education through modules created by experts from the Institute who are reinventing digital learning through the innovative use of new media and technologies.

Key features of the course
  • Designed to meet the needs of practitioners using new technologies in their professional context
  • Deepens your understanding of online teaching and learning, and learning that blends face-to-face and distance education
  • Encourages you to link your studies with your own practice throughout
  • Relevant for non-practitioners with an interest in online learning
This certificate is the first stage of a study programme that progresses to a postgraduate diploma and finally a masters degree. You can step off at any point, or study the whole programme.

Career relevance

Workplaces and work roles increasingly involve media-rich and technology-enhanced forms of learning, professional practice and personal development, often summarised in the term ‘elearning’. Accordingly the experience of achieving this certificate has proved vocationally relevant across a wide range of occupations and locations, from managers in business organisations, teachers of languages, consultants, trainers and teachers at any level of the education sector.

Each module in the Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education requires study using a range of tools and learning environments. Consequently you will improve your personal skills in using these tools and this makes a positive impact on your own practice. You will experience the implications of learning technology choices made across a wide range of contexts and organisations, both formal and informal. You will advance not only your skills of selection and design of technology, but also your understanding of how technologies engage learners and how they can be evaluated and developed on a continuing basis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Openness and innovation in elearning 
  • Technology-enhanced learning:foundations and futures
  • The critical researcher: educational technology in practice
  • The networked practitioner 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Closing dates vary depending on the modules you choose.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Minimum - 1 year
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

General Requirements

  • You must be prepared for study at postgraduate level. This usually means holding a bachelors degree - whether from a UK university or from one outside the UK - or its equivalent.
  • All teaching is in English, and your proficiency in the language needs to be adequate for postgraduate study and for contributing to online discussions by text and voice. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend that you make sure you can achieve a score of at least seven in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3504 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3504 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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