Course info

Course Overview

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This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will introduce you to 21st century learning tools and practices. You will examine how they can facilitate learning and teaching, and evaluate your own digital literacies, create your own personal learning environment, find open educational resources, explore virtual worlds and more!

If you want to complete all the activities, you will need 2-3 hours per week. This MOOC has 6 lessons. Every lesson is divided into units, which have a recommended study time of approximately 30 minutes each. You can do additional readings and activities to expand upon some of the topics.

Throughout this MOOC, peer-support is crucial. Please participate and comment on the work of other learners. Let others know that you are there! Two main tools will be used for communication:

  1. 'Conversations' section at the bottom of each page, where you can post comments and reply to others.

  2. Blogs, which are available within the EMMA platform and provide a space to document your learning.

If you are on Twitter, please use the hashtag #c21mooc to communicate with other participants.

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this MOOC, successful participants will be able to:

  • Describe current learning technologies, resources and practices.

  • Analyse their own learning practices.

  • Incorporate new practices into their own teaching


Successful participants will explore a range of current technologies, resources and practices, and experiment with them to evaluate their effectiveness for teaching and learning.

Certification and Additional Info

Completion certificates are available to anyone completing 70% of this course. These certificates are not credit bearing.

You will receive your certificate directly via email a couple of weeks after the end of the course.

Course Structure

  • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Digital Literacy
  • Lesson 2 - Overview of Learning Technologies
  • Lesson 3 - Open Education
  • Lesson 4 - Social Media
  • Lesson 5 - Virtual Worlds and Augmented Reality
  • Lesson 6 - Future Scenarios


Grainne Conole

Prof. Dr. Grainne Conole is Chair in Education at the University of Bath Spa (United Kingdom). Her research interests include e-learning, open educational resources, massive open online courses, social media, and new approaches to designing for learning. She was awarded an HEA National Teaching Fellowship in 2012, and is also a fellow of EDEN and ASCILITE. She has published and presented over 1000 conference proceedings, workshops and article.