Whether you are a student or a parent, moving from the classroom to online learning can be a challenge. It might feel like your education has been disrupted and it can be difficult to find your bearings. However, with support from your teacher and a few helpful resources, it can also become an opportunity for students to explore their interests and develop greater independence, and for parents to build new connections with their children around their day-to-day learning activities. The resources below focus on motivation, self-care, skills, and strategies for success in online learning.
Flexible Online Courses
Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
- The LTLO team at Athabasca University is excited to announce LTLO Express, a completely new, 4-week course on the transition to online learning, designed especially for youth. This course is sponsored by AU and offered at no charge. Moving from your familiar classroom to a new world of online learning, youth ages 14 – 21 will have the opportunity to make important steps in what will be a lifelong journey as a learner. This course will help you through the first leg of your journey as an online learner. Check the website for more information and next offering dates.
- Learning to Learn Online MOOC (open course, Athabasca University) is recommended to both students and teachers who are looking to understand how learning works in an online space. LTLO explores the fundamentals of the learning process and various models of online courses to determine your learning preferences and which forms of online learning are best for you. Activities will address common misconceptions, frustrations, and fears about online learning, and introduce techniques to help overcome such obstacles and gain confidence as a learner. Check the website for more information and next offering dates.
Preparing for Online Learning
Tips and Guides
- What makes a successful online learner? (article, Minnesota State CareerWise)
- Helping your teen success in remote learning (article, Psychology Today)
- Tips for students moving to online learning (video, Okotoks Centre for Learning at Home). This video offers beneficial suggestions for students moving into the online environment. Created by the Centre for Learning at Home in Okotoks, Alberta, this video was designed for students moving into full-time online education who are using specific software. However, there are many helpful ideas for both students and parents adjusting to remote learning.
Education Apps and Tools
- List of online educational apps, platforms and resources (hub, UNESCO)
- Digital teaching and learning resources for all K-12 subjects and levels (hub, Learn Alberta)
- Top 10 online learning tools for K-9 (blog, Best Kid Stuff)
Health & Wellness while Learning at Home
- Suggestions for parents and caregivers to help children learn at home (website, Open School BC)
- Self-care during emergency situations (poster, Intensive Care Society)
- Resources to support student wellness (hub, Connect Charter School)
What Schools are Doing?
- School responses from around the world (hub, UNESCO)
- Resources for online learning (hub, Edmonton Public Schools)