Facilitating Learning Online – Design
April 20, 2020 - May 10, 2020
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Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) – Design is a four-week online course that offers participants opportunities to explore different approaches to developing effective online courses and/or learning experiences. FLO Design is a foundation course in the Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) collection of courses and complements the FLO Fundamentals course, which focuses on online facilitation skills and strategies. In FLO Design, participants are introduced to a wide range of ideas about how people learn, best practices and recommended pedagogies to engage and support online learners, and several respected quality and accessibility frameworks to guide their design efforts.
The course is practical and development; participants are asked to identify a specific design project and can work alone or with others to design a short unit of learning (2-3 weeks of an online course or equivalent) and a sample learning activity to demonstrate how they will engage learners online. Weekly “studio” forums enable participants to receive feedback from both course facilitators and participants in order to clarify and develop their design projects.
Note: In this short course, you will not be developing an entire course or learning how to integrate your activity into a specific platform such as Moodle. Rather, your focus will be designing learning, trying new approaches to engage learners and support their success in online environments.
- Discuss important elements of online learning design, including quality, accessibility and design guidelines
- Create a plan for a short unit of online learning that includes a prototype learning activity
- Critically reflect on your learning and evaluate your progress in augmenting or developing your online learning design skills and knowledge
- Explain design choices and pedagogical perspectives applied to a specific learning design project
Time requirement: Participants should expect to spend 6-8 hours for course activities during each of the four weeks. Those with no prior online teaching and learning experiences can expect to invest more time. Additional time may be needed to prepare for the final showcase sessions. Continuous, active participation is necessary to make this course successful for everyone.
Beth Cougler Blom
Beth Cougler Blom, MEd, is a facilitator and learning designer who creates effective group learning events and meetings, either face-to-face or online. She teaches workshops to help people develop online or face-to-face facilitation skills and provides facilitation services to groups who would like additional support. Recent clients include the University of Victoria, Thompson Rivers University, BC Cancer Agency and the Canadian Red Cross.
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