ATESL 2019

Designing and Facilitating High-Quality Online Courses


We intend for the participants to develop a set of strategies that can be applied in the design and facilitation of high-quality online modules or courses.


The workshop as well as the online resource built as our workshop hub for the materials and activities are based on the Collaborativist learning theory since it “focuses on approaches and techniques that use the internet to facilitate collaborative learning and knowledge building as a means to reshape teacher training for the Knowledge Age (1 p108). Recognizing and accommodating the requirements of the Digital Age, it appears as a suitable framework to guide educators who are intending to design courses and/ or to facilitate learning online.


The structure of the workshop will be threefold, starting with a 15-minute long introduction to the current situation of online teaching and the set-up of the interactive learning that will happen in the following steps. We will be using an actual online course as the platform, from which to access all activities as well as to demonstrate high quality course design in context. It will therefore be necessary for all participants to bring and use their wifi-able device (recommended are laptops and tablets). For the second part, we are planning to moderate an hour of carousel learning, which will happen in separate stations. Depending on their interest and individual needs for PD, the participants can choose any four of the six stations, which will highlight important aspects of online course design and facilitation (e. g. epistemological views (2), steps in the design process (3, 4), design evaluation (5), case studies, technology, etc.). We are dedicated to creating interactive and active learning opportunities, which is why the instructional methods between the stations will vary, ranging from discussions, jigsaw readings, analysis and evaluation activities, demonstrations of online courses, brainstorming, problem-solving and reflection.

The last part of the workshop will be dedicated to debriefing the learning that happened in the stations, allowing for questions and comments from the participants. We will also use this time to invite the participants to give us feedback on the workshop.

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ATESL Workshop Resource


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