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Learning Online with International Politics

Secker, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-3047-1212, Reimers, S., Foley, G. , Hanley, T., Kogan, P. & Ney, S. (2021). Learning Online with International Politics. London, UK: Centre for Distance Education, University of London International Programmes.


The project reported on students' experiences of online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It identified several areas that impact upon students' active engagement with online learning resources and asynchronous learning activities.
We made a number of recommendations for staff teaching online including: the need for clarity when setting up and explaining learning activities to students; the importance of referring to any asynchronous tasks in live teaching sessions and providing feedback ; the importance of building a sense of community in teaching, by creating icebreaker and informal learning opportunities for students to get to know their peers and tutors; the benefits of quizzes or polls in live teaching to test students’ understanding of key concepts; to introduce more authentic online learning based on scenarios and examples, problem- based learning alongside more innovative approaches drawing on playful learning.

Publication Type: Report
Additional Information: Except where otherwise noted, permission is granted under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Works license. To view a copy of this license please visit
Publisher Keywords: Online learning; COVID-19
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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