As teachers we have busy work schedules, but more importantly, we have schedules that are not very flexible, usually tied to a strict teaching timetable. That makes it more complicated to attend face-to-face professional development such as a workshop or conference. Online learning has therefore become a useful additional layer to many teachers' professional development activities, something we want to support and promote on Teacher Academy.

However, online learning can easily be overwhelming. Especially in open learning settings like the online courses offered on Teacher Academy. These courses are organised as MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses – meaning they are open to anyone who wants to join. This results in hundreds and even thousands of participants joining a course. If you are not used to learning in such an environment, this can be a challenge. In this short self-paced course, we therefore introduce you to five key strategies to help you make the most out of our courses and support your online learning in general.

The following five strategies will be addressed on the course:

  • Strategy 1: Reflect on how you learn
  • Strategy 2: Plan your learning
  • Strategy 3: Use a learning diary
  • Strategy 4: Build a personal learning network
  • Strategy 5: Find support


The course is highly recommended for anyone planning to participate in another Teacher Academy online course.

List of modules

Five Strategies for Learning Online Five Strategies for Learning Online

Start date: 11/09/2017 13:07

End date: 11/09/2025 11:36

To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.


The course is self-paced and equivalent to 1 module of a normal Teacher Academy online course taking around 2-3 hours of your time.

Target audience

Anyone interested in learning online with the Teacher Academy. Some basic technical know-how is required to navigate the course.


You will receive a course badge upon completion of the full course including the final quiz. The badge can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.