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PISA-X is aimed at teachers and other professionals who are ready to develop online courses for their students. The course combines three elements:  practical training  in course production,  pedagogical approaches  to course design and  institutional strategies  to support online programs.

The PISA model looks at online teaching from an institutional perspective. Institutions that introduce online programs need to support four development processes at the same time and from a common perspective:

Presentation  means that teachers must learn to produce digital text, images, audio and video lectures (digital learning objects). Some presentations will depend on professional support from media specialists. Institutions must organize storage, retrieval and copyright procedures for the new learning objects. 

Interaction  means that teachers must learn to design and program challenging learning tasks on the web - often with support from instructional designers

Social interaction  means that teachers must adapt their classroom practices to the new situation.  When important elements of teaching move online, teachers must learn to combine web activities with effective learning processes in the classroom, for groups as well as for individuals. 

Analysis  means that students, teachers and educational managers must learn to process and utilize the stream of transaction data generated by digital learning platforms. The feedback provided by such data can be used as a guide to more effective learning, teaching and management.


In order to complete the course at "normal speed" (20-25 hours) participants should be  familiar with standard office software (word processing, email, spreadsheets, search engines) and basic file management: how to store, copy, rename, move, and find specific files.

The production parts of the course builds on the edX platform and requires access to the edX editor Studio. Practical work with Studio supposes basic HTML skills. Work with images requires some practical processing skills: cropping, resizing and adding text to images. Basic skills in the use of PowerPoint, Google Slides or another brand of presentation software are also desirable.

Students could acquire most of these skills while they follow PISA-X. Time budgets would have to be increased accordingly.


Participants who complete this course will have

  • created a first draft of a course they may continue to develop for future delivery
  • the basic technical skills required to produce and manage online courses on the edX platform
  • a basic knowledge of digital copyright issues and practical ways to handle them 
  • a good understanding of the pedagogical principles involved in web based course design
  • an awareness of the institutional changes caused, and required, by the development of online teaching