Online Course Delivery – Training for Online Tutors
”I enjoyed Online Course Delivery immensely. The training provider has designed a detailed course that gives fantastic value for money, incorporating both individual and group forms of communication and tasks. The course has given me the knowledge and tools to further my career teaching online. I can highly recommend Online Course Delivery.” – Matt in Brazil
This 35-hour course is designed for teachers and trainers in any field who wish to develop their career in online education. It covers the essentials of moderating a virtual learning environment (VLE), content design, how to effectively balance self-access content with live sessions, the facilitation of learner-centred knowledge construction, and assessment. If you think ‘teaching online’ just means live lessons in a virtual classroom, then get ready to think again!
Skills you will learn
- Working with virtual learning environments (i.e. Moodle)
- Encouraging participation in online courses
- Dealing with learner issues
- How eLearning can be better than face-to-face training
- How to effectively balance synchronous and asynchronous tasks
- The importance of socialisation in online education
- Engaging and motivating online learners
- Creating tasks for different learner types
- Essential elements of multimedia design
- How to create powerful presentations for live online sessions
- The keys to teaching in a virtual classroom
- How to productively moderate online forum discussions
- Creating and sourcing content for asynchronous courses
- The psychology of online learning
- The crucial components of instructional design
- Effective assessment in the online world
The final assessment is a group project in which you will be developing a sample unit for an asynchronous course. Our hope is that beyond the course, you will continue to develop your courseware and deliver it to your own learners.
The course is based in our Moodle VLE. Much of the interaction takes place in online forums, which means that participants can log in and work through the weekly tasks at any time. There will also be a weekly live session, the timing of which will be negotiated per the availability of the group. This is an interactive group course, which requires active participation and collaborative work. While some pedagogical theory is covered, it is largely practical and experiential. You will come to understand the needs of online learners by being an online learner yourself. It is tutor-facilitated, and you will have daily contact and feedback.
Your course tutor is Richard Gallahad, who has been involved in online and multimedia design since 1999 and has worked internationally as an English teacher and Business English trainer since 2005. His own training includes the Cambridge DELTA, Trinity Cert. IBET and MA Educational Technology & TESOL.
By the end of this course, you will be fully-versed in designing and delivering highly-effective online courses in virtual learning environments (i.e. Moodle). This will allow you to start working independently as an online course developer. Supporting independent practitioners is our main aim.
To further support our community members, all graduates of both our Teaching Business English and Online Course Delivery training automatically become Associate Teachers at ASEAN Business English. Associate Teachers work with private learners who require tailor-made training.
We also offer support in setting up your very own online school. ASEAN Business English was established to help you get started, but our main goal is for you to be successful as an independent practitioner.
- Access & Climate Setting
We’ll begin our journey by exploring our virtual learning environment (VLE), finding our way around some of the course resources, and in getting to know each other. As a virtual learning community, we will be working very closely together throughout the course. We’ll start thinking about how to effectively moderate online courses, and will also consider the advantages of eLearning over face-to-face training.
- Online Socialisation
Unit 2 is based on the concept of learning being a social process and looks at how a tutor can encourage interaction in a learner-centred online environment. We’ll also think about learner types and how to cater for these. We will learn how to develop a lively social learning environment, consider some important tutor skills, and try out a variety of Moodle activities.
- Information Exchange
Online learning environments allow a multitude of ways to present multimedia content. In this unit, we’ll cover essential principles of multimedia learning, and experiment with a range of tools and online resources. This is a very practical unit!
- Knowledge Construction
In Unit 4 we’ll look at how the dynamics of our initial stages of course design result in the main aim of socialisation: the establishment of a true online learning community. We’ll explore some important theory at the heart of knowledge construction, try out some more digital learning activities, and begin work on a collaborative project.
In this final unit of our voyage we’ll look at how to bring a course to an end. We’ll consider assessment in the online context, and think about how to ensure that our learners leave our courses with the confidence to continue their learning autonomously. A large amount of this week is scheduled to allow everyone time to complete the collaborative project, which is used for summative assessment. The final assessment is a group project in which you will be developing a sample unit for an asynchronous course. Our hope is that beyond the course, you will continue to develop your courseware and deliver it to your own learners.
“This has been an inspirational, amazing, fun and challenging course, one for which I’m very grateful for. Being online felt like being at home. Thank you so much for this opportunity.” – Sissy in South Africa