Online tutorials and learning materials

Learning materials may refer to any digital artefact used to support learning in some way. An online tutorial is a specific type of learning material: a self study activity designed to teach a specific learning objective. Among other things, online tutorials are useful to: allow learners to study in their own time and at their own pace; provide scalable and flexible training for staff; ensure learners have a baseline knowledge in particular subjects (eg incoming first-year students who have varying levels of prior knowledge); teach the more straight-forward factual aspects of your subject, freeing contact time for more complex or contested ideas; prepare students for lectures or lab work; facilitate consolidation and revision; support distance learning.

Case studies

Related tools and topics

  • Camtasia - software which can be used for creating video-based tutorials
  • Online tutorials - further practical advice and information for Bristol staff

Further reading


Practical help

Contact us and we can give you advice and support. You might also want to read our design principles for effective online tutorials.


You'll need to think about:

  • What will the learning objective of the tutorial be?
  • How will the tutorial be structured?
  • What activities will it contain?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • How and when will they use the tutorial?
  • Providing clear instructions and using appropriate language and terminology