Instructional Skills Workshop (online 4-week course)

9:00AM November 3, 2014
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Tami Saj

Please note, this is a four-week course, running from Nov. 3-28.

Designed to help new and experienced instructors achieve success in facilitating learning in an online environment, this course offers key online learning concepts and principles providing many opportunities to develop online facilitation skills, time to network, and share ideas with other new and experienced online facilitators. "Mini-sessions" (short online discussions) give participants an opportunity to practice techniques and receive feedback geared to growth and improvement. Set aside a minimum six to eight hours per week to focus on readings, activities and assignments.

Comments from past participants:

"As an instructor I don't get a lot of opportunities to become a learner in the same way that my students are learning - that process was very valuable and has given me a lot of things to reflect upon as I design next semester's courses."

"[I liked] learning new tools like the wiki activity and using Collaborate"

"[The facilitators] obviously are very skilled in online facilitation and it was a pleasure learning from both of them."

"I honestly believe that any "first timer" who is planning or scheduled to teach an online or blended course should be required to take this training before constructing their syllabus."

Learning outcomes

  • Apply adult learning principles and theory to online teaching and course design
  • Facilitate online learning effectively, using a variety of tools and methods
  • Build and sustain online community
  • Manage the online course environment
  • Work effectively with online teams
  • Use feedback strategies appropriately

Time commitment

This is an intensive course and participants should expect to set aside a minimum of six to eight hours each week to focus on readings, activities and assignments. At least a week prior to the course start date, you will receive an email with information on how to access the online course. At that time you will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize yourself with Moodle (our online learning platform), and the course facilitators will direct you to several preparation activities you should complete prior to the first day of the course.


This course is taught by Instructional Designers from RRU's Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies (CTET). The CTET Instructional Designers are all experienced educators with a variety of backgrounds that range from higher education, K-12, private sector and government. CTET provides expertise in instructional design, web and multimedia development, course and program design and development, and faculty professional development.

To register

Contact and indicate that you are an RRU faculty member.