Some materials were specially written by CDE for the course; others were adapted from the University of London Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. CDE staff ran bi-weekly webinars for course participants, and weekly webinars for lead tutors from the Open University of China. Each OU China lead tutor worked with a group of about 20 OU China tutors.
The course topics were: Contexts, and the student week; programme and module design; using what we know about students learning and theories of learning; structuring learning; designing learning activities for individual students; designing collaborative activities and assessments; tutor feedback, and midcourse review; locating resources to support learning, and student information capabilities; Technology to enhance learning; assessment; tutor roles, tutor development, and developing as a tutor; and program monitoring, evaluation and improvement.
Each week, participants undertook remote activities focused strongly on their own reviewing, planning and teaching, supported by readings, collaborative activities, and group tutorials.
Digital badges were awarded for the successful completion of defined parts of the course. Participants who successfully complete the course, and write a reflective commentary on what they have learned and how they will apply this to their practice, are granted accreditation of prior learning into the second and final module of the University of London PGCertHE.