Ofqual approves new online teaching qualification developed by InterHigh

InterHigh has helped to develop a new accredited qualification for teaching online.

The UK Government exam board regulator, Ofqual, has approved the new qualification accredited by the Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE) awarding body.

Available on the Ofqual register, the new qualification is designed to meet the increasing demand for alternative approaches to learning.

The qualification, worth 12 credits for 120 hours of study, includes 38 guided learning hours. It covers an introduction to online teaching and learning, planning, teaching with synchronous tools, online content development, formative and summative assessment, collaborative learning with wikis, observation and self-reflection and self-development for online learning.

The course, which has been developed by online learning specialists Sero Consulting Ltd, was commissioned by Wey Education, providers of alternative learning environments including InterHigh and Academy21. It is aimed at educators with a Level 3 or higher, qualification in teaching, with at least three years full-time equivalent teaching experience. Wey Education has also been approved to deliver the training and the first course began this week.

Jacqueline Daniell, chief executive officer at Wey Education said:

“We commissioned the new qualification to support people in education and training to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to teach in both online distance education and blended learning environments, which offer a combination of online and face-to-face delivery.”

Alex Birks, CEO of ATHE, said:

“It has been a pleasure working with the InterHigh team at Wey Education to develop the ATHE Level 4 Award in Teaching Online.

“Online Learning is a growing area and it is essential that qualified practitioners are in place to deliver a quality experience for students; I believe the new qualification will support this aim.”

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