​Online Teaching in Higher Education Programme​


Online Teaching in Higher Education (OTHE) is a programme designed to support educators in designing, developing, and facilitating online learning based on proven practices such as Inclusive Teaching, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), authentic assessment and active learning/facilitation techniques. ​OTHE aligns to various dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework (i.e., A1, A2, A3, A4, A5; K1, K2, K3, K4, K6 and V1, V2, V3, V4).​


What will you learn?

By the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of online teaching within a higher education context;
  • Develop an online course plan to meet the needs of students and the programme;
  • Apply Inclusive Teaching and Universal Design for Learning principles in online courses;
  • Design assessments in online environments following the constructive alignment framework;
  • Facilitate online learning using a blend of asynchronous and synchronous pedagogies.​

Who is it for?

The programme is for educators, learning designers, educational technologists, faculty developers, and administrators who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills of online learning. 

How does it work? ​

  • Select and register for a course(s). Each course is for 4 weeks with a focus on a particular pedagogical element essential for online course design and teaching. Participants can select and enrol in any course based on their individual needs.

  • Commit 25 hours of time per course to read articles, watch videos, reflect on practice, engage in discussions, and submit assignments. The courses are offered in a bichronous format: 80% asynchronous (approx.) and 20% synchronous (online sessions once a week - 1.5 hours).​

  • Receive a digital badge at the end of each course. The badges can be downloaded and exported and added to faculty portfolios and micro-credential backpacks. After completing one course and earning a badge, participants can enrol in another course at a time that is convenient to them.

  • Become an online teaching and learning practitioner. The programme will help educators improve their online teaching practices and develop the necessary competencies to incorporate an appropriate blend of asynchronous and synchronous pedagogies that adhere to quality standards.

  • To complete the Online Teaching in Higher Education Programme, complete all four courses.​

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Register for the course(s)

​Course Title

​Time commitment


Facilitating Online Courses​
25 hours

February 27 – March 24, 2023

Assessment in Online Courses
25 hours
May 1 – May 26, 2023
Reconceptualising Online Teaching and Learning​
25 hours
July 3 – July 31, 2023
Inclusive Online Teaching​
25 hours
August 28  – September 22, 2023

OTHE Programme Booklet​​


For additional information regarding the programme, contact:  bdlnet@aku.edu  ​