Teaching and Supporting Remote Learners Online

With all face to face teaching in our schools and colleges currently suspended, the need for the highest quality, best-practice led remote teaching has never been more important. In recent years, research, scholarship, technology and best practice in this area has positively impacted how we perceive and utilise online teaching and learning tools and techniques.

To help support teachers and educational professionals and enhance their knowledge, skills and professional practice in this important area, Stranmillis University College has developed an innovative Professional Development short course,  ‘Teaching and Supporting Remote Learners Online’, to support practitioners working from home during the suspension of teaching within the school or college environment.

Learning Outcomes

Whilst online remote teaching utilises many of the same skills as face to face teaching, there are marked nuances in terms of the interpersonal and communication skills that practitioners need to be hone. Engaging pupils from a distance is vital. The programme has been designed to support and develop the remote teaching and learning skills that foster pupil engagement.  

The focus on this 4 week (part-time) course  is on the promotion of ‘teacher presence’ for all children, using simple technology skills such as webinars and video lessons. This is a supportive course for teachers to enhance the wellbeing of children and young people while working from home.

At the end of the course, teachers will be able to:

  • design a lesson for online learners  (including mobile access) in support of key curriculum targets
  • develop an engaging environment for remote learning using synchronous and asynchronous communication tools to support online remote learning
  • stimulate learners across appropriate key stages (from key stage 2 to key stage 5) by developing interactive lessons and communication
  • create remote lesson exemplars of good practice for future online and blended learning across key stage 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • assess for learning using a range of interactive support tools accessible to pupils with internet access, including mobile learner access.

Course Format

Suitable for online  and home study, the course will use a virtual learning environment, with 2 hours per week of webinars, video tuition and examples of best practice. As the programme utilises a coaching and mentoring approach, the number of participants on each course intake will be capped at 30.


A number of courses will be offered simultaneously in support of schools between April and June.  The first cohort intake will be after the Easter school holidays. The course will run one day a week for 4 weeks on a Monday or Wednesday from 10.00-12.00, and in the afternoons later in the year. Depending on demand, the College will offer a number of intakes in the coming weeks and months.

Register Your Interest

The Register of Interest is now closed for these courses. For further information on upcoming professional development and Masters programmes, email cpd@stran.ac.uk

Course FAQs

How long is the course and when will it be taking place?

The course will last for four weeks, with online sessions once a week, starting after Easter. Our plan is to run at least 6 courses, Mondays and Wednesdays, in April, May and June. Further details will be provide if you register interest in the course.

Who can I contact for further information?

The Course Tutor  is /Celia O’Hagan, Senior Lecturer at Stranmillis University College. You can contact Celia at c.ohagan@stran.ac.uk

Are there any specific IT / technical requirements needed?

As long as you have access to a PC or laptop that is capable of running apps like youtube and you have good internet connection, there are no specific IT or technical requirements.

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