Course Description

To be an effective online instructor, you must be comfortable with the learning technology and familiar with the relevant instructional methods and approaches needed to ensure learner success. Examine practical guidelines for teaching, strategies to support active learning, assessment, and evaluation of discussion-board participation. Engage in hands-on work to plan basic components of your own online lesson or course.

Course Details

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have a toolbox of ideas and theories that will enable you to enhance your planning and delivery of an online course. Specifically, you will be able to:

  • Build a conceptual understanding of how the online environment affects the instructor's role and the learner's role
  • Relate the core knowledge and skills for effective online teaching to your own teaching context
  • Examine and utilize quality standards for online courses
  • Apply best practice principles to plan and teach an online course in your own setting
  • Plan interactive teaching strategies that support active learning
  • Plan course management strategies that help save time and resources
  • Implement practical strategies for managing online discussions and communicating with learners
  • Experience, through interaction, the importance of developing a community within an online course and specific techniques for successfully building a learning community
  • Select assessment methods appropriate to learning objectives and context


A background in teaching face-to-face is strongly recommended. This course is for you if you are new to online delivery, have not had formal training in online delivery, or want to keep current with some of the latest technology and practices.

Students should expect to spend five to seven hours on coursework each week. 

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Online Asynchronous
Apr 02, 2024 to May 27, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $549.00
Potential Price Adjustments
Reading List / Textbook

No textbook required. Online/electronic resources will be used.

Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Please note there are optional live sessions included in this course. They will be recorded for those unable to attend. The details of live sessions will be communicated upon the course start.

To fully participate in the live sessions, students will need: an internet connection, a reliable headset with microphone, and a webcam.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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