Online teaching course
ACER Accredited Short Courses
This course is intended for educators new to online teaching or those aspiring to improve their skills in this area. The online teaching course will equip participants with the skills and knowledge to become an effective online teacher. The focus of the course is on the theory and practice of online pedagogy, how to facilitate online discussion and collaboration, and support student learning in the online environment.
This course would be appropriate to educators working at all levels of education including school age, vocational education and training and higher education.
Recommended prior learning
This course has no recommended prior learning, however, some experience in face-to-face teaching or training delivery is assumed.
Intended learning outcomes
Participants will be able to:
- Identify and critically evaluate the types, purposes, and use of a range of eLearning pedagogies;
- Apply effective roles and responsibilities in the online learning environment; and
- Evaluate and implement a range of inclusive pedagogies for engaging and supporting online learners.
A fully facilitated course
ACER-accredited online courses provide a highly interactive experience supported by an experienced facilitator. The course design encourages interaction and collaboration in conjunction with appropriate and effective pedagogies. The online facilitator in your course will promote interaction and communication among participants through building and conveying knowledge and modelling relevant skills.
This is a practical course, that provided me with many opportunities to use what I learnt in my current role. I was particularly impressed by the collaborative nature of the active learning activities, and how effectively the facilitator engaged with the learners.
Sandy Barker - Professional Development Coordinator, VIC
The intensive courses will have the same contents and require the same number of hours of study but over 14 days instead of 10 weeks.
If you have a large number (10 or more) of individuals that require training, please contact us and we will work out a package for you.
Course in detail
The course is delivered in online mode and consists of 10 modules and 2 learning assurance tasks (a multiple choice quiz and a weaving and summarising task). The modules are interactive and participants work through examples and activities to build skills and knowledge.
Getting started activities
This introductory module orients the participant in learning, in a learning management system.
Module 1: introduction to online learning
In this module, we begin by looking at online learning in general, and then consider some differences between online students and those on campus or in face-to-face courses.
Module 2: online learning theories
In this module, we will be looking at some of the key learning theories that underpin online learning and pedagogies used to engage students in meaningful learning.
Module 3: types of online learning experiences and environments
In this module, we consider some of the different types of online learning spaces and formats in which you may be teaching online.
Module 4: the online teacher's role
In module 4, we consider different teaching models. We also look at the first steps you will take as the teacher in an online community.
Module 5: engaging the online learner in collaborative learning
In this module, we look specifically at the role of discussion forums in online learning. We focus briefly on groups and group formation. We share additional tips on communicating in the discussion forum and in building engagement.
Module 6: practical online teaching strategies
In this module, we will look at some of the practical strategies that online teachers have found to be useful when trying to maximize engagement. Also, we address some tips and strategies to assist you in managing the learning environment in a timely and efficient way.
Module 7: Assessment in an online environment
This module focuses on assessment, moderation, marking and feedback strategies that place the individual at the center. Through examination fo relevant policies and procedures required in performing the teacher's role, participants develop a deeper understanding of the responsibilities involved and gain skills in applying these policies.
Module 8: effective feedback
In this module, we will look at providing effective feedback to students. The aim of feedback is to empower students to improve their understanding and skills, and to provide evidence of that improvement.
Module 9: tools to enhance engagement and interactivity
In this module, you will learn about a few of the many technology apps that are available to enhance student engagement. You will have the opportunity to investigate and play around with some of these tools and consider how best to integrate them into your own delivery.
Module 10: challenges and continuous improvement
In this final module, we will be looking at some of the issues surrounding the continuous improvement of the online course in which you have been teaching. How will you know what worked and what didn't? How will you find support and mentoring in your role teaching online?
Learning Assurance Task 1
A multiple-choice quiz.
Learning Assurance Task 2
A weaving and summarising task.
On successful completion of this course, participants will receive an ACER certificate of achievement.
Course mode: Online
Course duration: 40 hours of online learning over 2 weeks or 10 weeks.
Resources: All resources are included in the course.
Cost: $660 (inc GST) (Note: price increases in 2021)
Technology is quickly evolving the pathways to acquiring new knowledge, skills and competence. Education in schools, tertiary institutions and workplaces are adopting new teaching practices which is opening up a whole new world of opportunity. However, new approaches to learning are still being developed, and there are many examples of poor integration as we strive to re-imagine education. Prior to enrolling in the ACER online facilitation course I had a very narrow and limited understanding of the potential of online learning. However, early in this...course, I realised that my prior knowledge was poor, I had much to discover! I recommend this course for anyone interested in learning more about online learning, or anyone that currently facilitates learning in either children and adults (face to face or online). Personally, I have learnt that when done well, the role of the online-facilitator is multifaceted and complex, which presents an exciting challenge for future employment.
Anita Gardner - Registered Psychologist, NSW
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