Facilitating Online Course in 2020

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The course will run three times in 2020:

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 and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its support for the e/merge Africa network. It is convened by Tony Carr and Nicola Pallitt and co-facilitated by facilitators from across Africa.

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?
African universities are increasingly using online resources and interaction to support student learning across blended and online courses. Educators of these courses need sound online facilitation skills to facilitate engaged students 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 educators 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 within the African Higher Educational sector. Course participation is entirely online and will require up to 8 hours of participation per week.  We can offer up to two free places per institution subject to admission requirements being met. To see if a fee may apply to your application please refer to our fee information here. 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 in a blended or online course
* previous experience of online teaching and learning
* at least two years’ experience as a university educator or educational technologist
* willingness to teach future online facilitation courses in their local/regional context or
* willingness to be a conference host for the e/merge Africa online professional development network

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]

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27 thoughts on “Facilitating Online Course in 2020

  1. I have participated once and would advise others to do same.This is a very useful and course relevant for every body to undertake, including teachers, managers, Librarians and many others from different professions . For good communication and networking process to take place there is the need for all participants to agree to understand and appreciate and respect each other’s views and to learn to accommodate discerning views in the society.

  2. This is exactly what I want to do. Can you please let me know when the next one starts? I am abroad and without proper Internet when you begin.

    • Hi Lynette,

      Our remaining 2017 dates are:
      19 June – 11 Aug: Late applications by 9 June
      2 October – 24 Nov: Applications by 13 September

    • Hi Augusto,

      There is still time to apply for the next run of the course starting on 19 June. Late applications close on Friday 9 June.

  3. I have always wanted to know and understand facilitation in its perspectives. Having Facilitated in both offline and online environments, and many times of doing facilitation course, I still don’t believe I have known it all. Therefore, i have been accepted for this course and still awaiting details of week 0

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  6. My name is Lucas Kunene and I am a PhD student in the Faculty of Health Sciences and I am interested in the course.I am in possession of a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Education which I did Online at UCT and also trained as tutor at the University of Johannesburg. This course will add value to my existing lecturing experience and I look forward to the course as I intend to continue with facilitation at the university.

    • Hi Mokhudu, The Facilitating Online course is designed for colleagues in higher education so it probably won’t be right for your context.

  7. my names are Omesi Ng’andu from Kasiya College – Zambia i have an Advanced Diploma in human resource and Business Managegement and a technical teachers’ Dipolma. I am interested in the course , it will help me advance my skills impartations to my students

    • Hi Omesi, sorry about the delayed response. If you have plans for online or blended learning with your students you are still welcome to apply by Monday 8 October.

  8. Hi Tony
    I wish to offer myself for this course. I teach business courses such as procurement and supply management at Zambia Institute of management. I also happen to be the coordinator for open and distance learning.
    Is it late for me to apply for this February training session

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