Across the internet there are many online courses and workshops on how best to study and learn in a digital world. Here you can find a curated selection of free courses and MOOCs which you can take at your own pace and often with little or no sign-up required.
Succeeding in a digital world (Open University)
This free course, Succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or everyday life. It explores a range of digital skills and practices, including digital identity, digital well-being, staying safe and legal, finding and using information and online tools, and dealing with information overload. The importance of developing a critical approach to life online is emphasised throughout, whether consuming or creating information.
Get Started with Online Learning (FutureLearn & Open University)
In this free online course, you will find out what online learning is and what it can offer you. You’ll discover the skills required for online study and evaluate your own study skillset. You’ll also examine how students form online communities and how they benefit from flexible study arrangements while still being supported by dedicated tutors.
Learning Online: Learning and Collaborating (FutureLearn & University of Leeds)
Become an effective online learner and develop your online communication skills when working with others.
You are probably used to learning online on a daily basis, including turning to your phone for information rather than referring to books. More formal online learning is likely to be important for you in the future, either at university or in the workplace. Learning online is different to learning in the classroom, it needs different skills. This course will help you to develop those skills, showing you how to learn and communicate effectively in an online environment.
Learning Online: Managing Your Identity (FutureLearn & University of Leeds)
Reflect on how you want to present yourself online and take positive steps towards these goals.
Many of us now have an online identity running alongside our everyday lives. In this course you’ll consider your online presence; you’ll discover how what we say and do online can have major implications for our real lives, and those of others. You’ll also spend time looking at how to assess and enhance our online identities to ensure that you can get the most out of being yourself online.
Learning Online: Searching and Researching (FutureLearn & University of Leeds)
Improve your online research skills and your ability to critically analyse sources of information.
In this course, you’ll explore the rich and diverse range of information available to you online, how to use search tools effectively, and the ways in which you can begin to assess information that you might want to use in your studies. Using a wide range of learning activities, you will be challenged to dig deeper and think critically about the information that you find online.
Learning Online: Reflecting and Sharing (FutureLearn & University of Leeds)
Get the most out of online learning by reflecting and sharing your learning with others.
This course introduces some tools you can use to help to reflect on your learning; such as short tests and quizzes or by using tools such as online logs or journals. You will then move on to focus on sharing your learning with others; by producing and sharing video, using blogs, pin-boards, collaborative platforms or social media you can enrich the learning experience.
The Internet of Things (FutureLearn & King’s College London)
Learn how IoT works, and how to create a successful product or company using it, with this free online course.
Entrepreneurs love it, large corporations love it, universities and now even governments love it – welcome to the exciting and emerging world of the Internet of Things (IoT).