Course Overview

Welcome to Instructional Skills Workshop Online!

Instructional Skills Workshop Online introduces research-based adult and online learning concepts, principles and strategies that make online facilitating fun and effective.

The course is designed to provide you with:

  • the experience of being in the students' shoes.
  • the opportunity to think about, share and develop your online facilitation skills with other new and experienced online facilitators.
  • the opportunity to facilitate and reflect on online facilitation, and to synthesize your doing and learning.

In ISWO you will facilitate a learning activity ("mini-session") for your fellow participants. Facilitations will be done in groups and can involve forums, wikis, polls, or other tools.

Feedback from past participants indicates that this hands-on practice was key to their enjoyment of the course and the synthesis of their learning. We hope the same holds true for you!

In this course, you will:

  • Facilitate or co-facilitate (with others) a learning activity on a pre-assigned topic
  • Integrate adult learning theories and principles into activities you facilitate
  • Be encouraged to experiment with a variety of learning-facilitation techniques and strategies
  • Use effective questioning and online coaching techniques
  • Give and receive constructive feedback
  • Model and foster analytical, critical, strategic, creative and reflective thinking
  • Work effectively with online teams
  • Reflect on and plan how to apply what you have learned to other courses and contexts

Course Context & Purpose

ISWO is meant to help you enhance skills needed to confidently and effectively facilitate online learning. It builds on the fundamental principles of the face-to-face Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW). These principles include:

  • participatory and learner-centred participants form a learning community and support each other’s learning
  • a safe, respectful learning environment you will be encouraged to take risks, be creative, and learn from your mistakes
  • feedback-richyou will be encouraged to give and receive feedback with fellow participants
  • reflective practiceyou will analyze and critically reflect on the art of facilitation and your facilitation skills
  • relevant and meaningfulyou will explore the future application and transferability of your learning in this course