This area provides information around online courses available for you to use within your teaching. These materials are designed to help you and your students develop skills for teaching and learning online, as well as exploring a range of new topics. You can also direct your students to access these courses as additional learning resources to support their studies.
You can see courses available in the thumbnail sections below.
To get started, you should first get in touch with the course support team at the Digital Education Service by emailing DESCourseSupport@leeds.ac.uk. The team will be able to offer advice and suggestions of how a course can be used as a learning resource, specific to the context. They will also provide you with a link to the course for Leeds students to access, and provide instructions for how to access Single Sign-on to communicate to students.
Please note that:
More detailed instructions on the platforms, access, and suggestions for the different ways to incorporate online content can be found below.
FutureLearn is an online platform offering short courses on a range of topics. The University of Leeds offers courses through the platform on a range of subjects that you and your students can access for free. These include:
Staff and students at the University of Leeds now have free upgraded access to a range of our courses developed by Leeds via FutureLearn Campus. Upgraded access includes:
Use this link to navigate to FutureLearn Campus. You can find detailed instructions on setting up Futurelearn Campus Single Sign-On (SSO) on the Knowledge Base. If you have any issues or questions, please contact us.
To see which courses are available for free, once you log in, please navigate to the relevant menu item.
For each course it contains:
To assist your search, each has also been mapped against Leeds UG and PG programmes for which the content might be useful. Please note that the links to the courses in this spreadsheet will take you to the public course signup pages. To access the courses via FutureLearn Campus, please use the links provided in Minerva.
In the final column, you can also access the videos that were created for some of the courses should you wish to link to them as part of your online teaching.
Coursera is an online learning platform offering more than two thousand online courses created in partnership with world-leading education institutions and organisations.
University of Leeds on Coursera gives students and staff free access to all Coursera courses created by participating institutions. This includes 3,800 courses and 400 Specializations (collections of courses).
Courses are usually 4-6 weeks long but can be studied at the student’s own pace. When students complete a course and pass the assessments they will earn a Coursera certificate which can be shared on LinkedIn or their CV.
We hope that you will investigate the courses available and make appropriate course recommendations to your students. Please do think about using Minerva to facilitate discussion amongst your cohort.
How do I access it?
Use this link to navigate to University of Leeds on Coursera. You can find detailed instructions on setting up Coursera for Campus Single Sign-On (SSO) on the Coursera Help section. If you have any issues or questions, please contact us.
How long will we have access to University of Leeds on Coursera?
Coursera and their partners, including the University of Leeds, are coming together to provide free access to Coursera to help minimize the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on students around the world. Effective October 31, 2020, Leeds staff and students can continue to enrol in courses with no interruptions indefinitely. Enrolled staff and students will have access to their courses permanently.
How is University of Leeds on Coursera different to the main Coursera site (coursera.org)?
University of Leeds on Coursera gives students and staff full access to Coursera courses for free. If you access these courses through the main Coursera website you would have to pay for full access. The course experience is the same if you sign up for a course through University of Leeds on Coursera or the main Coursera website.
Help and support
If you have any difficulty logging into University of Leeds on Coursera, please access the digital education helpdesk for support.
LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform that you can access anytime, anywhere.
By using your University of Leeds login, you can access freely over 15,000 self-paced learning courses covering a diverse range of topics. These include:
These are freely accessible to all staff and students using your University of Leeds login. Courses are led by experts and are on average one hour long, broken down into bite-sized video modules.
How do I access it?
On a desktop, navigate to https://lnkd.in/fwXHwcK
When using the LinkedIn Learning app for iOS/Android, select “Sign in with your organization portal” and enter leeds.ac.uk.
The following section covers the two main ways you can integrate online courses into your teaching. The online courses we refer to are found on FutureLearn and Coursera. These two platforms are very similar however you need to be mindful that the social learning element is stronger on FutureLearn.