University of Leeds MOOC To Improve Online Research Skills

This session University of Leeds will be offering an open online version of course, ‘Learning Online: Searching and Researching.’ This course helps to improve online research skills and the ability to critically analyse sources of information.

This free online course is aimed at students having interest in being able to discover and evaluate information online.

Course At A Glance

Length: 2 weeks
Effort:  2 hours pw
Subject: Learning Online: Searching and Researching
Institution: University of Leeds and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Available now

Providers’ Details

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching. The aim is to create a student experience that is second to none and as part of this, online learning is increasingly important, even to its full-time campus-based students. The MOOCs will allow the University to explore new and different ways to provide online education.

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course

This course is part of a collection from the University of Leeds which have been specifically designed for those studying at school or college. All of the courses will help to enrich and extend applicants knowledge in a specific topic and develop your transferable skills. These courses will help them with making decisions about which subject to study at university and will give them examples and evidence when developing their university application.

Why Take This Course?

Throughout the course applicants will join a community of online learners, providing an opportunity for interactive learning with other students both in the UK and internationally. Course is designed to provide evidence for UCAS applications and prepare you for university.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, applicants will explore the rich and diverse range of information available to them online, how to use search tools effectively, and the ways in which students can begin to assess information that they might want to use in their studies. Using a wide range of learning activities, applicants will be challenged to dig deeper and think critically about the information that they find online.


Raphael Hallett
Educator, University of Leeds

Angela Newton (Educator)
Learning Advisor at [email protected], University of Leeds


No previous knowledge or experience of learning online is required, just an interest in becoming an effective online learner and communicator.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link.
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, you will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on your My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that you’ve completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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