eLearning, online facilitation

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Date Location Presenter(s) Cost Availability
9 Apr to 15 Jun 2018 Online
$660.00 (incl. GST) Register
4 Jun to 10 Aug 2018 Online
$660.00 (incl. GST) Register
6 Aug to 12 Oct 2018 Online
$660.00 (incl. GST) Register
8 Oct to 14 Dec 2018 Online
$660.00 (incl. GST) Register


Course Description

This course is suitable for educators new to online facilitation or aspiring to roles in online facilitation, but also for experienced facilitators who want to take their facilitation skills to a new level. It will equip participants with the skills and knowledge to be an effective online facilitator.  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.

Recommended Prior Learning:  This foundation course has no recommended prior learning.  Experience in face-to-face teaching or training delivery is assumed.

AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers:  This course focuses on Professional Standards 4.5 and 5.2 at the Highly Accomplished and Lead teacher levels:

  • 4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically
  • 5.2 Provide feedback to students in their learning

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF): This course content and learning assurance tasks are based on AQF Level 8 criteria:

  • analyse, critically evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities
  • analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems, and
  • transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others

Course mode: Supported online learning:  The course is delivered in fully online mode and consists of six modules and two learning assurance tasks (multiple choice assessment; weaving and summarising task).  Each module is interactive and participants work through examples and activities to build skills and knowledge.  Delivery includes asynchronous individual and collaborative engagement.

Course duration:  60 hours over approximately 10 weeks

Resources: All resources are included in the registration cost.

Registration Cost

$660 (GST inc.): Individual registration;

$440 (GST inc.) 10+ concurrent registrations from a single institution (contact Margaret.Taylor@acer.org)

Intended learning outcomes: Participants will be able to

  • identify and critically evaluate the types, purposes and uses of a range of eLearning pedagogies;
  • apply effective roles and responsibilities in the online learning environement; and
  • evaluate and implement a range of inclusive pedagogies for engaging and supporting online learners.

Course in detail

Module 1:  This module gives an overview of online learning in general, its background and styles of eLearning.  Participants investigate online interactivity and engagement styles, study qualities of online students and discuss strategies to approach this diverse group of students.  The module ends with a consideration of the qualities that made a good online facilititator.

Module 2:   The focus on first steps for facilitators in an online community assist facilitators in setting realistic expectations for both sides in the facilitation relationship.  Participants examine facilitation models and briefly consider the other roles and responsibilities in online learning before digging deeper into the online facilitator's role.

Module 3:  In Module 3, the role of discussion forums comes under scrutiny.  Participants focus briefly on groups and group formation.  Through activities in the discussion forum participants have an opportunity to showcase facilitation skills and to examine scaffolding through facilitation and strategies to build engagement from the facilitator's point of view.

Module 4: This module has a focus on assessment, moderation, marking and feedback strategies which place the individual at the centre.  Through examination of relevant policies and procedures required in performing the facilitator's role, participants develop a deeper understanding of the responsibilities involved and gain skills in applying these policies.

Module 5: Participants consider possible challenges encountered in the online learning environment and how to identify such challenges, including using learning analytics.  After examination of certain tricky scenarios, participants model how to give support and apply relevant policies.  During the course of this module participants complete and share a weaving task with other participants and follow peer-review practice.

Module 6:  The main focus of Module 6 is equipping facilitators to support online students and growing in their facilitation role.  Participants are given the opportunity to investigate professional learning, collaboration, reflective practice, participation in peer-review processes and joining like-minded communities as these factors contribute to building effective facilitation skills.  As final inspiration participants consider the future of online learning and reflect on their own learning.

Learning Assurance Task 1:  A multiple choice quiz (must achieve 80%+)

Learning Assurance Task 2:  A weaving and summarising task (must address all criteria in rubric).

On successful completion of the course, participants will receive an ACER certificate of achievement.