About Online Learning Academy

The Online Learning Academy (OLA) is making its mark in the online distance learning education sector, helping people gain vital skills to progress in their home or work life, and achieve excellence for themselves. Our aim is to give you the tools and the know-how to achieve your goals.


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Our Core Values

We believe in the revolutionary power of education

Learning is transformative, and can empower you at any stage in your work or personal life.

We believe that your education will benefit from our passion

We love what we do, and the fact that this shines through in our courses will serve to spur you on as you develop.

We believe that patience is a virtue

Our experience in coaching countless writers, and teaching hundreds of businesses, means we understand that people learn at different speeds and in differing ways. You can count on our tutors to be patient and supportive every step of the way.

What We Offer

We have always built our business on reputation and word of mouth, and we couldn’t ask for a better endorsement. Here are just some of the reasons why individuals choose OLA:

  • You can study our courses wherever you wish, but whether you’re learning from your desktop at home, a laptop in a coffee shop, at work, or abroad, you can be assured you’ll be fully supported with our tutor support via email and phone, so if you have questions, you know our tutors are on hand. We’re here to help
  • There’s no ticking clock either – you can complete your course at your own pace. Take a month, or take two years, there’s no pressure to keep to our schedule – you study at your own speed in your own time
  • Courses are available as an online download, meaning you can get started straight away, but if you’d prefer, you can purchase a hard copy of the study materials
  • For many of our courses, we offer classroom versions or group networking events so you can speak with our tutors and meet fellow students. We keep our students, past and present, updated with details

Our Founders

With more than 30 years of industry experience between them, OLA co-founders Darren Jamieson and Lianne Wilkinson joined forces initially to share the wealth of their considerable knowledge in marketing, content creation and online engagement. They have been at the helm of Engage Web, a content-focused online marketing agency, since founding it in 2009 and have seen it go from strength to strength.

In their time, each has delivered seminars at national events, taught classroom courses and, more importantly, worked with businesses and individuals worldwide. With plentiful experience of distance learning, the pair wanted to make affordable, quality distance learning available so individuals can achieve excellence in every area of their life. Whether you want a new skill for personal achievement, career progression, or simply for a new challenge, Online Learning Academy can help you to achieve your goal.

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Darren Jamieson

Beginning his career in 2000 as a web designer specialising in new media, Darren foresaw the potential of search engine optimisation (SEO) in marketing and content creation, and was soon applying its principles in his daily work.

Eventually making the change to a full-time SEO developer, Darren brought together the different elements of what makes the internet tick – content creation, social media and outstanding user experience – and applied them strategically to help website owners stand head and shoulders above their competition.

Honing his talents alongside a litany of clients over the years means that Darren has real insight and acumen on the sweet spot where marketing and the internet come together.

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Lianne Wilkinson

From a stellar career in the marketing and advertising industry, Lianne leveraged her flair for online marketing into a technical R&D role, managing content and creating long-term campaigns for high profile clients.

Developing her expertise in pay-per-click advertising, client management, SEO and web technology meant that Lianne evolved into a master strategist over time, all the while having an eagle eye for the smaller marketing details that really count.

A finalist in the Morgan foundation Best New Business of the Year award and nominee for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Lianne is well placed to share her knowledge in making a big impression online.

With plentiful experience of distance learning, the pair wanted to make affordable, quality distance learning available so individuals can achieve excellence in every area of their life. Whether you want a new skill for personal achievement, career progression, or simply for a new challenge, Online Learning Academy can help you to achieve your goal.

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