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Online Facilitation Essentials

Online Facilitation Essentials (OFE) is a two-week, fully online training that helps faculty master the fundamentals of facilitating existing online and hybrid courses. Faculty will learn and apply pedagogical strategies for online discussion, feedback, and time management. Participants will also experience group activities, online discussion, and online learning activities from a student perspective.

OFE is open to both full-time and adjunct faculty who are interested in expanding and improving their online-teaching skills or who are teaching a course designed by a colleague. Faculty interested in designing an online course "from scratch" should consider completing the DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS), which provides a more in-depth exploration of emerging technologies and best practices in online instruction.

Online Facilitation Essentials Schedule

Quarter Start Date End Date Registration
Fall 2019 10/14/19 10/27/19 Closed
Winter 2020 2/17/20 3/1/20 Register
Spring 2020 4/20/20 5/3/20 Register
Summer 2020 7/20/20 8/2/20 Register

Course Information

This short course is designed to provide you, the online instructor, with some basic tips and best practices for teaching online. Each module has a short practical assignment that will allow you to develop your online teaching toolkit. This course is designed for any faculty member who is new to teaching online.

There are four modules to this course. Each module is arranged into sections which provide you information about what to do, how to do it, why to do it, and a chance to practice. The practical exercises are designed to allow you to prepare elements for your upcoming class including a welcome letter, introductions conference, discussion facilitation plan, and an assessment/feedback rubric.

Note that there are no face-to-face meetings for this course and that the course runs approximately 2 weeks. You must have consistent access to the internet for the duration of the course and be willing/able to log in and participate on a daily basis and commit a total of about 14 hours.​​​​​​​​

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