Develop your online learning skills
Get access to completely free, online courses that will help you with your studies and broaden your learning during lockdown.
To help you become an effective online learner, there are different courses you can complete that will develop your skills for the digital teaching and learning environment. We appreciate that the ongoing pandemic has caused significant upheaval for our students and the following resources will support you to engage with your studies and diversify your learning.
University Library courses
The Library has a range of resources that can help you make the most of your study and contact time to become an effective online learner.
The ‘Becoming an Online Learner’ resource provides guidance for the online environment on how to be an active learner, how to communicate and collaborate effectively, how to manage your time, and how to maintain your wellbeing. The ‘Digital Skills’ resource gives advice on how to improve your digital skills, both for your studies at Leeds and also for the future.
The University has partnerships with a number of online learning platforms through which you can access free online courses covering a range of subject and skill areas.
FutureLearn is an online course platform that provides a variety of short courses. The University offers courses in a range of subjects on FutureLearn including academic skills such as critical thinking and research ethics, as well as subject-specific courses, including topics in the environment, chemistry, business, and medicine. While your studies are affected by the pandemic, it’s particularly pertinent to challenge yourself to enhance your learning and become proficient in online learning skills and techniques.
Students at the University of Leeds now have free, upgraded access to University of Leeds courses on FutureLearn via FutureLearn Campus. Upgraded access includes access to the end of course tests, digital certificates of achievement when you complete a course, and access to courses for as long as they exist on FutureLearn.
HOW DO I ACCESS IT?
You can find the full list of courses and access instructions on Minerva. (Please note you may be asked to log into your University of Leeds account when you follow the link to access this page).
HELP AND SUPPORT
If you have any trouble accessing Futurelearn courses, please email email@example.com for support.
University of Leeds on Coursera
Coursera is an online learning platform offering thousands of online courses created in partnership with world-leading education institutions and organisations.
The University of Leeds on Coursera gives you free access to all Coursera courses created by participating institutions. This includes 3,800 courses and 400 Specializations (collections of courses). There are a variety of courses available that can complement your existing studies as well as many courses on wellbeing and mindfulness, which you may find beneficial during this period of uncertainty.
Using your University email address, you can take almost every course on the Coursera platform, whenever you want. Courses are usually 4-6 weeks long but can be studied at your own pace. When you complete a course and pass the assessments you will earn a Coursera certificate which can be shared on LinkedIn or your CV.
HOW DO I ACCESS IT?
• Go to this URL: https://coursera.org/programs/university-of-leeds-on-coursera-6er00
• If you already have a Coursera account with your University email address (@leeds.ac.uk) Click Log-in
• If you do not have a Coursera account with your University email address (@leeds.ac.uk), click on the “Sign up” button in the middle of the screen, and sign up to Coursera using your University of Leeds email address (@leeds.ac.uk)
• You will receive an email to confirm your Coursera membership. Follow the directions in the email and your registration with Coursera will be complete.
• You can view the Coursera for University of Leeds catalogue, or you can also use the ‘What do you want to learn’ search bar to find relevant courses.
HOW LONG WILL HAVE I ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS ON COURSERA?
Coursera and its partners, including the University of Leeds, are coming together to provide students all over the world with free access to Coursera to help minimize the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on your studies. Access to most courses on Coursera is completely free and is available to any University of Leeds student, indefinitely.
Engaging with any of the vast number of courses available can help you stay engaged with your studies, by either complementing your current subject of study, diversifying your learning, or even improving your general wellbeing through courses on mental health and wellness.
HOW IS UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS ON COURSERA DIFFERENT TO THE MAIN COURSERA SITE (COURSERA.ORG)?
University of Leeds on Coursera gives you 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.
LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform that you can access anytime, anywhere.
It provides over 15000 self-paced learning courses covering a diverse range of topics. These include IT and software skills such as Office 365, MS Teams and programming; project management, data analysis and statistics; professional skills such as managing your time and working with others; and creative skills including drawing, painting, and music. These are free to access using your University of Leeds login.
Courses are led by experts and are on average an 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.
HELP AND SUPPORT
If you have any difficulty logging into University of Leeds on Coursera, please access the digital education helpdesk for support.