Facilitating Learning Online-Synchronous

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) - Synchronous is a three-week online course that is focused on developing teaching skills for synchronous online learning. You will learn best practice strategies to plan for, facilitate, and follow up after synchronous online learning events. FLO Synchronous will provide you with opportunities to see and learn from examples of synchronous online facilitation and, if desired, practice synchronous online facilitation skills in a safe environment. This workshop is designed for faculty and staff who would like to increase their teaching and facilitation skills within a web-conferencing environment such as Collaborate Ultra.

Participants have the option to engage with this course via one of two different "tracks":Reviewing Participant or Practicing Facilitator. This flexibility allows you to choose what kind of learning is best for you at this time. The Reviewing Participant track is focused on discussing best practice concepts, reviewing examples of synchronous online facilitation, and providing feedback. The Practicing Facilitator track is focused on planning for and facilitating a short synchronous online event and receiving feedback.

Learning Outcomes (Reviewing Participants track):

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify effective planning and facilitation strategies for synchronous online sessions
  • Provide effective feedback to facilitators of synchronous online sessions
  • Explain the importance of evaluation for synchronous online sessions

Learning Outcomes (Practicing Facilitators track):

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Apply effective design strategies to plan for synchronous online sessions;
  • Lead synchronous online sessions using appropriate facilitation skills;
  • Use a web-based platform at a basic level to facilitate synchronous online sessions;
  • Use reflection and feedback gathering to evaluate synchronous online sessions.

Time requirement: Participants should expect to spend 6-8 hours for course activities during each of the three weeks. Those with no prior online teaching and learning experiences can expect to invest more time. Continuous, active participation is necessary to make this course successful for everyone.

For RRU Faculty and Staff: This course is available at no cost for RRU core faculty, associate faculty, and staff. If you are RRU core faculty, associate faculty or staff, please contact facdev@royalroads.ca for a discount code.


Waitlist: If the course is full, please contact facdev@royalroads.ca to be placed on a waitlist.

Course Dates: Facilitating Learning Online-Synchronous

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