FLOf – Facilitating Online Courses

What is the overall vision for this course?

Given your active participation in the weekly readings, team discussions and individual learning activities, this course will be your opportunity to build or enhance your proficiency in:

  • facilitating engaging online learning courses.
  • integrating adult and online learning theories and principles into effective learning activities.
  • purposefully applying a variety of learning-facilitation techniques and strategies.
  • giving and receiving constructive feedback to enhance the learning experience of your online students.
  • moderating assessments that align with the learning outcomes in your course(s).

The FLOf course is designed for you to build competency in the facilitation of blended and online courses. In this course you can apply online learning theories to the learning activities you are planning, create engaging learning activities that promote critical thinking and collaboration, and experiment with a variety of learning-facilitation strategies. Throughout the course you will also give and receive constructive feedback, work in online teams, and reflect on concepts learned in the course. This course is designed to help you successfully teach your own online modules or courses. Active participation in the modules of this course outlined below will allow you to build/ enhance the following online facilitation skills.

Modules in this Course:

  1. Building Community
  2. Working with the Online Learner
  3. Online Classroom Dynamics
  4. Facilitating Learning and Assessment Activities
  5. Reflective Practice
Core FLO Facilitation SkillsDescription
Building CommunityBuild a safe and supportive learning community.
Use strategies to build rapport with learners.
Use guidelines for constructive feedback.
Model respectful, appreciative dialogue.
Encourage learners to identify norms of behaviour.
Communicate goals and roles for group- and individual-learning activities.
Working with the Online LearnerRespect and welcome diverse perspectives and experiences.
Create collaborative learning opportunities for diverse learners.
Engage students by providing choice in topics, assessments, etc.
Engage learners by providing choice for how to demonstrate learning.
Explore new pedagogical approaches to enrich facilitation practice.
Explore open learning resources to engage learners in the activities.
Share content in varied ways.
Maintain currency and relevance of references and resources.
Use varied questioning techniques to extend and deepen discussions.
Online Classroom DynamicsSupport learners to develop effective online learning strategies.
Encourage participatory, connected learning.
Promote reflective practice and critical/creative thinking.
Plan facilitation of online courses in accordance with student numbers.
Assist learners to develop positive responses to conflicts.
Build strategies to deal with difficult learners in ethical and effective ways.
Facilitating Assessment and Learning ActivitiesModel a positive and professional collaboration throughout the course.
Manage time effectively.
Maintain a balanced participant presence throughout the course.
Engage in and model own reflective practice.
Provide timely, formative feedback to individuals and groups.
Develop technical skills and explore new tools.
Reflective PracticeEvaluate the effectiveness of online facilitation of learning to make appropriate modification.
Plan your implementation of applicable facilitation strategies to your own teaching practice.

Credit Notice:  The name as well as some of the ideas for this online course were derived from the SCoPE courses of the same name available as OER from https://scope.bccampus.ca/course/index.php?categoryid=16