Facilitating Online Course in 2024


This year we will offer Facilitating Online twice depending on demand for places in the course. We are reaching the end of our funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York so we need to charge fees that that will make the course sustainable to continue.

5 August – 27 September 2024 (Apply by 16 July 2024)

Please apply here

About the course

Facilitating Online provides a solid foundation for facilitating online events and courses. It is registered as a short course at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Facilitating Online was developed by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at UCT. It is convened by Tony Carr and co-facilitated by facilitators from across Africa. The course is run online over 8 weeks.

We consider applications in the order in which they arrive so earlier applications stand a higher chance of being accepted

Recommendations by participants

“I learned many facilitation skills that I am now able to apply with my own students. I would recommend the course highly to anyone embarking on the online teaching and learning journey.”
Dr Judith McKenzie, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Town.

“This course doesn’t just teach you ABOUT online Facilitation, it actually gets you to facilitate … It’s a real opportunity to learn and develop. And what’s more? It has an African taste…”
Daniel Adeboye, Online Maths Tutor, Tutor for the Future

Who should apply and why?
Educators and trainers are increasingly using online resources and interaction to support learning across blended and online courses. The shift online emphasises the importance of  sound online facilitation skills to facilitate engaged participants in debate, group work and shared knowledge construction across a range of online conversational spaces. 

Trained online facilitators are also able to make good choices about the use of online communication when designing learning activities. Facilitating Online provides opportunities for educational technologists, educators and trainers to develop the necessary orientation to become an effective online facilitator. Several past participants have reported that Facilitating Online unlocked new employment opportunities for them.

This course is aimed at change agent educational technologists and educators as well as trainers involved in leading online courses. Course participation is entirely online and will require up to 8 hours of participation per week. A certificate of completion is awarded for successful completion of 75% of the assessed activities of the course including some mandatory activities.

Selection criteria and process
Selection criteria include:

* reliable Internet access
* an opportunity to teach or facilitate in a blended or online course or training programme
* previous experience of online teaching or learning
* at least two years’ experience as a university educator, educational technologist or trainer

All applicants will require a letter of support from their line manager or Head of Department.

Applicants will be notified via email about whether they have been selected to participate in the course. You can address any other queries to [email protected]

Promotional Course Fees

South Africans: R9000

Rest of Africa: R7500

Rest of the World: R9000

Discounts will be available for groups of more than 5 participants

For interest:

7 February 2024: Toward the Governance of Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education:A data justice framework & early lessons in practical implementation

To join this session please register via Zoom here

Date and Time: Wednesday, 7th February 2024: 10:00am – 11:00am SAST;  7:00pm Melbourne Australia


Dr Katya Pechenkina, Cultural Anthropologist, Teaching and Learning scholar, and award-winning lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Session Description: 

Drawing on scholarship dedicated to data justice and ethics of care, this presentation seeks to answer urgent questions associated with the proliferation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Higher Education (HE). We will look at how AI can be used in HE for good, how can this rapidly growing industry be regulated, and what would a conceptual framework for data justice and fair usage of AI in HE look like?

Practical lessons from designing AI guidelines to empower educators in HE (and beyond) are shared.

Presenter Bio: 

Katya Pechenkina is a cultural anthropologist, Teaching and Learning scholar, and award-winning lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Her research focuses on impact and evaluation in education, as well as on understanding how educators and students experience technological change. More info about her here


Higher Education for Good: Teaching and Learning Futures: https://www.openbookpublishers.com/books/10.11647/obp.0363 

Examples of AI use in assessments

https://aipedagogy.org/ – an evolving collection of curated assignments that integrate genAI tools from educators around the world.

Examples to safeguard against AI in high-stakes summative assessments

https://trefnycenter.mines.edu/effective-teaching-and-generative-ai/ – ideas for (re)designing assessments that encourage critical engagement with AI, and ideas for re(designing) assignments to be more human-centred.

https://educational-innovation.sydney.edu.au/teaching@sydney/how-can-i-update-assessments-to-deal-with-chatgpt-and-other-generative-ai/ – How can I update assessments to deal with ChatGPT and other generative AI?