• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    3426 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    3426 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
The online Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education at The Open University UK offers a wide understanding of current practices and tool used in digital learning. The postgraduate course covers optional modules like innovation in e-learning, or debates in technology-enhanced learning. Develop skills in assessing educational technologies used in formal and informal learning.

About

This certificate is presented by The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology and is open to students from countries all over the world. It 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. The Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education is offered at The Open University UK.

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.
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.

  • Depending on your choice of module study, the qualification will enable you to demonstrate in addition, expertise in particular areas:
  • Designing, implementing and critiquing technology-enhanced learning, if you study Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates
  • Open educational resources and approaches for learning within university, college, management or other contexts, if you include Openness and innovation in elearning
  • The development of inclusive education in relation to the accessibility of learning contexts online for all students, including the support needs of those with a disability, if you include Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students
  • Research and evaluation of educational technology, including research design an planning, and critical review of research reports, if you have included The critical researcher: Educational technologies in practice
  • The increasing usage of social media and open content by educators and students to share knowledge and practice through online dissemination, if you include The networked practitioner

The vocational relevance of a qualification in Online and Distance Education goes well beyond the obvious category of teacher and trainer, and previous alumni have included librarians, media professionals, project managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, practice educators in nursing, web developers and other professionals in commerce.

Programme Structure

Optional Modules

  • Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students
  • Openness and innovation in elearning 
  • Technology-enhanced learning – practices and debates
  • The critical researcher: educational technology in practice  
  • The networked practitioner 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      No interaction at all
  • More information Go to the programme website
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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.

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Academic Requirements

You must be prepared for study at postgraduate level. This usually means holding a bachelor's degree - whether from a UK university or from one outside the UK - or its equivalent. However, if you have successfully completed two-thirds of a bachelor’s degree (an HND in the UK, for example) and have professional experience in technology-enabled learning, you may still be eligible for the programme. You will be asked to provide further information and evidence of your eligibility as part of the registration process for the programme.

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! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3426 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3426 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3426 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3426 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


Living costs for Milton Keynes

540 - 620 /month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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.