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-rich — you will be encouraged to give and receive feedback with fellow participants
- reflective practice — you will analyze and critically reflect on the art of facilitation and your facilitation skills
- relevant and meaningful — you will explore the future application and transferability of your learning in this course