Full course description

Course Date:

Mar 6 - Apr 9, 2017


5 weeks


2 hrs/week



Course Type:





Learn how online education differs from traditional classrooms while you explore and develop your own personal strategies for online learning success. You will be guided through an interactive investigation and self-reflection process to help you determine your learning preferences and create your own personal strategy for successful online learning. We will address common misconceptions, frustrations and fears about online learning and introduce techniques to help overcome such obstacles. Various models of online courses will be explored as well as the concept of a "personal learning space".


Learners who complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe what it means to learn - anywhere, anytime.
  • Clarify personal learning preferences.
  • Identify common components of an online learning environment.
  • Compare differences between online and traditional learning.
  • Plan for areas of personal adjustment required for success in online learning.
  • Analyze different types of learning environments including a personal learning environment.
  • Explore and employ effective online communication tools and strategies.
  • Describe the role of an online learning community in supporting learning.

Course is offered by Athabasca University.

Course Instructors

Caroline Park

Caroline Park

Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs

Dr. Caroline Park is a Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs in Health Disciplines at Athabasca University, and is heavily involved in blended and online teaching and research into mobile technologies in clinical education. After receiving a BN at the University of Manitoba she was a practicing nurse/nurse educator for 20 years in Canada, the UK, and the US. She holds a Med and PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta. She joined Athabasca University in 1999.

Dan Wilton

Dan Wilton


Dan Wilton has fifteen years’ experience as an online instructor. As course Inspirer and lead facilitator for LTLO, he will be your guide to making this MOOC enjoyable and rewarding. Dan holds an M.Ed in Distance Education from Athabasca University and is a developer and research assistant for the Centre for Distance Education, where he is involved in the design, development, and analysis of several MOOCs and other educational initiatives.