Teaching and learning online is about more than mastering the right eLearning tools. To be effective teachers in an online setting, educators need to master new skills and enrich their toolkits with online teaching pedagogies and approaches. Moreover, to bridge the social distance that eLearning approaches can foster, educators must understand how to use social and collaborative learning practices and bring a learner-centric approach to the forefront of their practice.

The DIGITAL DIDACTICS MICRODEGREE prepares current and future teachers and instructors to teach in a virtual or blended format using collaborative online learning methodologies. This course is technology-agnostic – it will show you how to teach online, but will not ask you to work with any specific eLearning tools! 

As part of this course you will: 

  • Become confident with teaching in an online setting,
  • Gain access to a unique and modern learning platform, 
  • Have the opportunity to connect on projects with peers from around the world, 
  • Receive support every step of the way from dedicated mentors and tutors, end experts from EDU – Europe’s first digital native academic institution.  


Summer 2020


4 ECTS points at MQFL 6


5 weeks, part-time


1.500 EUR




Summer 2020


4 ECTS points


5 weeks, part-time


1.500 EUR




By the end of this course, participants will be able to:


  • Identify and carry out best practices for online collaboration, including brainstorming, decision-making, delegation, team building, evaluation, and time-management skills,
  • Develop an evidence-based instructional design strategy suitable for online environments that encourages changes in behavior and performance,
  • Contrast and compare different online learning approaches,
  • Contrast and compare different collaborative learning approaches,
  • Reflect on giving and receiving constructive feedback.


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Work with real situations

Project-based learning gives you and your team real-world insight. Using your own classroom needs as an example, develop a teaching plan and instructional design strategy suitable for your goals.

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Join a network of passionate educators

Engage with a growing network of teachers and educators from around the world and learn with and from each other.

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Learn from experts

Learn from the didactic team of EDU, the first digital academic institution in Europe and an innovator in the space of collaborative online learning.  

Benefit from tutoring and mentoring

To ensure you receive adequate support, you will have a tutor and mentor by your side at al times who will give you the feedback and guidance you need to succeed!


Target Group

This microdegree has been designed to address the needs of current and future teachers and instructors, who are interested in implementing ICT into their classrooms, blended learning options, or teaching online using collaborative online learning methodologies. Beyond this, it is also for those interested in careers in instructional technologies, including learning technologies managers, technology specialists, instructional designers, curriculum designers, technology coordinators, and learning management specialists.


The minimum entry requirement is a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent (MQF Level 6), from an accredited institute, ideally with a Major or Minor in Education. However, the course is open to any Major or Minor with an interest in online education and a desire to learn. 

Since the course will be taught exclusively online, students are required to have regular access to a computer, tablet, or other suitable mobile device and a reliable internet connection with at least 1+ Mbps. Devices should be updated with the latest web browser and include a word processor. Supported browsers include: Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge, or Safari. Students also need a valid email address and Skype account to ensure regular communication with the instructor and other course participants.

Please note that the language of tuition for this course is English, therefore English proficiency at a B2 or higher is strongly recommended. In addition, as this course is held online, moderate digital competencies are also necessary.

Accreditation and Recognition

Participants meeting the eligibility requirements who pass the course earn an Award in Fundamentals of Collaborative Online Learning worth 4 ECTS point at MQFL 6, which can be applied towards a related Master’s degree in the field. This course is provided by EDU, operated by Digital Education Holdings Ltd., a Higher Education Institution licensed by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (Licence Number: 2018-010). 


Over the 12 weeks, learners will complete a group assignment, make professional connections in the precision medicine community, participate in self-assessments, and take a final exam.

This Module presents participants with an introduction to the topics of Precision Medicine and Genomics, as well as the foundational terms needed for the upcoming Modules.

Some topics to be covered are: Genomics, Transcriptomics, Epigenomics and the Microbiome; The Human Genome Project and the 1000 Genomes Project; Real World Data, Medical Health Records and Imaging; the Basic Model and Structure of Precision Medicine; Information Technology and Infrastructure; Knowledge Generation through Machine Learning and Other Techniques; and more!

This Module showcases today’s implementation of Precision Medicine through PM Centers and covers some of the main issues with the traditional “one-size-fits-all” medical model.

Some topics to be covered are: What is PM, where is it today, why is it important; Ethics and GDPR; The Paradigm Shift in Disease Classification and Clinical Trial Design; Precision Medicine Centers today; Population-Scale Genomics.

In the final Module for this program, learners will be exposed to the future of Precision Medicine in relation to their own health and healthcare. More specifically, they will learn about a more unified medical model and the impact the digitization of medical data will have on healthcare systems.

Topics will include: Bioprinting Technologies, Wearables Related to Health, Human Cell Atlas Project; Bio and Organ Printing Technologies; Regenerative Medicine, and More; The Impact of Digitalization and PM on Healthcare Systems.


Founded in June 2018, EDU is a private institution for higher education, with a vision to substantially increase the quality and accessibility of education. We want to change education with digital technologies and innovative learning practices. 

EDU is truly a digital native institution. Its degree course include Europe’s first digital medical school – EDU Medical and its course in Human Medicine. EDU’s state-of-the-art digital learning platform offers a 21st Century education model incorporating modern didactic methodologies and is fully accessible to students and learners wherever they are.

EDU is operated by Digital Education Holdings Ltd. (DEH).


At EDU our aim is to make high-quality education available to anyone who is passionate about studying, regardless of your location. We provide a distance learning experience that is collaborative and student-centric, where we put competencies above rotary knowledge. By having theoretical foundations linked to real-life use cases, our students excel in our courses because they know how to apply what they have learned to their careers and further educational aspirations. 

EDU course consist of high-quality digital content, available to students in a tailored virtual learning environment where they work in small teams to solve tasks and receive individual feedback from dedicated tutors.


Dr. Henri Michael von Blanquet

Dr. Dirk Evers

Dr. Saskia Biskup

Dr. Lawrence Samuel Friedman, MD

Johannes Starlinger, Dr.-Ing.



The content for the FOUNDATIONS IN PRECISION MEDICINE course was designed alongside the Precision Medicine Alliance and XPOMET, and the course design team at EDU. The team at EDU remains in close contact with both PMA and XPOMET to ensure that the course offerings remain relevant and monitored. The course provider is EDU.

EDU is a brand of Digital Education Holdings. Ltd. <>, a Higher Education Institution licensed by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (Licence Number: 2018-010). 


Working in a team, you will be asked to move through a sequence of three modules that will help you learn about the foundational principles of precision medicine. Each module requires you to complete an assignment with your team members. These assignments bring you through a process of identifying and profiling a real-world case in order to help you gain direct insight into the field of precision medicine.

Currently the course is offered only in English.​


You will be able to communicate with your team and the wider programme community directly on the online platform. You are free to use additional communication tools and methods as you see fit.​

To work with your team, you will have a collaborative workspace where you can co-create multi-media projects.

Yes! We believe that the best solutions are developed when people come together, bringing the diversity of their experiences and ideas to the table to work towards a shared goal. Note that in order to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion, you are expected to engage in group work and submit your mandatory group assignments

Yes, every step of the way. A mentor and tutor will be assigned to your team to provide guidance as you make your way through the course. Your tutor will give you meaningful feedback on your work at each stage of the program, while your mentor will coach you throughout the learning experience and help guide you toward the answers to any other course-related questions you may have.


You have two options, pay in full, or you can pay 20% to ensure your spot and are due to pay the remainder within 45 days.


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