Facilitating Learning Online - Design

Facilitator: Beth Cougler Blom

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.

Learning outcomes:

  • 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

Learner Effort:
6-8 hours per week

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.

Computer Requirements:
A week prior to the course start date you will receive an email from us with information on how to access the online course. At that time you will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize yourself with our online learning platform. You will find the computer requirements for this course through this link: computerservices.royalroads.ca/computer_equip_requirements.

This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Advanced Facilitation Certificate.

Course Dates: Facilitating Learning Online - Design

For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies