Online teaching course

ACER Accredited Short Courses

Date Location Notes Cost Availability
20 Apr to 3 May 2020 Online
Intensive course $660 (incl. GST) Register
20 Apr to 26 Jun 2020 Online
$660 (incl. GST) Register
4 May to 17 May 2020 Online
Intensive course $660 (incl. GST) Register
18 May to 31 May 2020 Online
Intensive course $660 (incl. GST) Register
1 Jun to 14 Jun 2020 Online
Intensive course $660 (incl. GST) Register
15 Jun to 28 Jun 2020 Online
Intensive course $660 (incl. GST) Register
29 Jun to 12 Jul 2020 Online
Intensive course $660 (incl. GST) Register
13 Jul to 18 Sep 2020 Online
$660 (incl. GST) Register
5 Oct to 11 Dec 2020 Online
$660 (incl. GST) Register
25 Jan to 2 Apr 2021 Online
$770 (incl. GST) Register
19 Apr to 25 Jun 2021 Online
$770 (incl. GST) Register

This course is intended for educators new to online teaching or those aspiring to improve their skills in this area. The online teaching course will equip participants with the skills and knowledge to become an effective online teacher. The focus of the course is on the theory and practice of online pedagogy, how to facilitate online discussion and collaboration, and support student learning in the online environment.

This course would be appropriate to educators working at all levels of education including school age, vocational education and training and higher education.

Recommended prior learning 

This course has no recommended prior learning, however, some experience in face-to-face teaching or training delivery is assumed.

Intended learning outcomes 

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify and critically evaluate the types, purposes, and use of a range of eLearning pedagogies; 
  • Apply effective roles and responsibilities in the online learning environment; and 
  • Evaluate and implement a range of inclusive pedagogies for engaging and supporting online learners. 

A fully facilitated course 

ACER-accredited online courses provide a highly interactive experience supported by an experienced facilitator.  The course design encourages interaction and collaboration in conjunction with appropriate and effective pedagogies. The online facilitator in your course will promote interaction and communication among participants through building and conveying knowledge and modelling relevant skills. 

This is a practical course, that provided me with many opportunities to use what I learnt in my current role. I was particularly impressed by the collaborative nature of the active learning activities, and how effectively the facilitator engaged with the learners.

Sandy Barker - Professional Development Coordinator, VIC

In an attempt to contain the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many learning institutions are now looking at delivering their courses online. We understand the urgency of ensuring facilitators are trained as quickly as possible and have scheduled additional and intensive Online Facilitation courses to meet this demand.

The intensive courses will have the same contents and require the same number of hours of study but over 14 days instead of 10 weeks.

If you have a large number (10 or more) of individuals that require training, please contact us and we will work out a package for you.

Course in detail 

The course is delivered in online mode and consists of 6 modules and 2 learning assurance tasks (a multiple choice quiz and a weaving and summarising task). The modules are interactive and participants work through examples and activities to build skills and knowledge. 

Module 1 

This module gives an overview of online learning in general, its background and styles of eLearning. Participants investigate online interactivity and engagement styles, study qualities of online students and discuss strategies to approach this diverse group of students. The module ends with a consideration of the qualities that make a good online facilitator.  

Module 2 

The focus is on the first steps for teachers in an online community and assisting educators in setting realistic expectations for both sides in the facilitation relationship. Participants examine teaching models and briefly consider the various roles and responsibilities in online learning before digging deeper into the online teacher’s role.  

Module 3 

In Module 3, the role of discussion forums comes under scrutiny. Participants focus briefly on groups and group formation. Through activities in the discussion, forum participants have an opportunity to showcase teaching skills and to examine scaffolding through teaching and strategies to build engagement from the facilitator’s point of view.   

Module 4a and Module 4b 

These modules focus on assessment, moderation, marking and feedback strategies that place the individual at the centre. Through examination of relevant policies and procedures required in performing the teacher’s role, participants develop a deeper understanding of the responsibilities involved and gain skills in applying these policies. 

Module 4a looks at assessment more generally while Module 4b focuses on assessing competency online and is aimed at educators in the vocational education and training sector. 

Module 5 

Participants consider possible challenges encountered in the online learning environment and how to identify such challenges, including using learning analytics. After an examination of certain tricky scenarios, participants model how to give support and apply relevant policies. During the course of this module participants complete and share a weaving task with other participants and follow peer-review practice.  

Module 6 

The main focus of Module 6 is equipping teachers to support online students and grow in their facilitation role. Participants are given the opportunity to investigate professional learning, collaboration, reflective practice, participation in peer-review processes and joining like-minded communities as these factors contribute to building effective facilitation skills. As final inspiration participants consider the future of online learning and reflect on their own learning.  

Learning Assurance Task 1  

A multiple choice quiz. 

Learning Assurance Task 2  

A weaving and summarising task.

On successful completion of this course, participants will receive an ACER certificate of achievement. 

Course mode:  Online 

Course duration:  40 hours of online learning over 2 weeks or 10 weeks. 

Resources:  All resources are included in the course. 

Cost:  $660 (inc GST) (Note: price increases in 2021)

Technology is quickly evolving the pathways to acquiring new knowledge, skills and competence.  Education in schools, tertiary institutions and workplaces are adopting new teaching practices which is opening up a whole new world of opportunity.  However, new approaches to learning are still being developed, and there are many examples of poor integration as we strive to re-imagine education.  Prior to enrolling in the ACER online facilitation course I had a very narrow and limited understanding of the potential of online learning.  However, early in this...course, I realised that my prior knowledge was poor, I had much to discover!  I recommend this course for anyone interested in learning more about online learning, or anyone that currently facilitates learning in either children and adults (face to face or online).  Personally, I have learnt that when done well, the role of the online-facilitator is multifaceted and complex, which presents an exciting challenge for future employment. 

Anita Gardner - Registered Psychologist, NSW

Contact us about this event

03 9277 5202