Learning Online with WEA - Beginners

Ref: C2422255

Come along to this exciting and interactive course that will leave you feeling enthusiastic and confident in using Zoom and more familiar with Canvas. You will learn a variety of functions and get the chance to explore your own capabilities with Zoom and feel more at ease with using the virtual learning environment - Canvas. During the course you will learn how to set virtual backgrounds, use breakout rooms, share documents, log on to Canvas, and change your password and much more! Come along and embrace this exciting learning opportunity!

Course aim

This online course aims to develop learners’ ability and raise confidence in the use of Zoom and Canvas to prepare learners for using Zoom and Canvas for work or further/higher education.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Basic E1 speaking and listening skills desirable

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Have an overview of Canvas, Understand how to enter Zoom through Canvas, Understand the concept of entering/exiting breakout rooms, Recognise the Ask for Help button.
  • Be familiar with the Whiteboard and how to annotate, Use Reactions for peer support, Change the skin tone on their reaction emojis, Have confidence in switching between speaker and Gallery view.
  • Minimise and maximise Zoom, Understand how to share computer screen and sound, Learn to add Canvas as a favourite on their web browser, Recognise risks for GDPR and how virtual background can protect their identity.
  • Understand how to use Closed Captions and why, Understand how to register as a student with Canvas, Understand how to accept their Canvas course invitation, Learn how to reset their Canvas password.
  • Familiarise themselves with the Canvas Home page using different devices, Familiarise themselves with the different activities on Canvas (quizzes, discussions, assignments, etc), Participate in doing different activities on Canvas as a whole class.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Learning Online with WEA - Beginners

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course has been cancelled.


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing