Topic outline

  • General

    • Welcome to this short course on "Teaching in a Digital Age".

      We recommend you to do the following, before taking the course:

      • Create an account and log in to the course to take the test;
      • Read the course introduction carefully;
      • Watch the videos in each of the lessons (as many times as you want);
      • Take a critical perspective for adopting online/blended learning;
      • Apply your new learning to your own context;
      • Wherever possible, discuss opportunities and challenges with colleagues; 
      • Practice the "Knowledge Check", as many times as possible; 
      • Take the final test, when you are ready;
      • Download the certificate (appears as pop-up, and thus your browser should be pop-up enabled); and
      • Please complete the "Course Completion Survey" to provide feedback.
      If you have any question, please send email to

  • Introduction:

    Welcome to this lesson on theories of learning which discuss different beliefs about the nature of knowledge, and how that influences teaching and learning. Here, five perspectives on teaching are examined and related to epistemologies and theories of learning, with a particular emphasis on their relevance to a digital age. This lesson describes the increasing influence of online learning for both classroom/campus-based teaching as it leads to new models or designs for teaching and learning.



    Upon completion of this lesson, you are expected to be able to:

    • Recognize your own epistemological/philosophical position that determines the way you are currently teaching
    • Describe in broad terms the main theories of learning and discuss their implications for teaching
    • Identify different levels and types of learning and decide which is most appropriate for your subject area/students
    • Discuss the general strengths and weaknesses of different methods of teaching on campus
    • Decide which model or combination of models will fit best for online/ blended teaching in your own context