Facilitating Online Course in 2023

This year the Facilitating Online course ran three well attended course cohorts and we are now open for registration for our 2023 cohorts. The dates for all four 2023 cohorts are the following:

16 Oct – 08 December 2023 (Apply by 6th October 2023)

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 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 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?
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.

Our funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York is focused on colleagues working in African Higher Education. We can offer up to two free places per state funded institution subject to admission requirements being met. For colleagues from other sectors and continents please refer to our fee information here

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]

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58 thoughts on “Facilitating Online Course in 2023

  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

    • Hi Nomzi, Facilitating Online is accredited as a short course at University of Cape Town with Certificate of Completion. We have not applied to any of the SETAs for accreditation.

  9. Having completed an online AuthorAID course that covered Academic writing skills, and Basics of AuthorAID course facilitation, I think this course will enable me to fine-tune my skills. I am going to apply today. I hope it wont be too late.

  10. Hi, my name is Lucy Macridis from Nairobi Kenya. I am interested in the online facilitation of courses. This will help me in my mandate as Mentorship and Training Chairlady of the Kenya Association of Tourism, where we deliver physical sessions on soft skills to Tourism and Hospitality Institutions in Kenya. The online course will help me deliver online sessions which are now the new normal.
    I hope I am not too late to apply for the next training session starting 27th April 2020.

      • Hi, can I please be considered for this opportunity…. I am an acrreditted graduate with a B Tech in HRM and a National Diploma in Management. This course would really help advance my skills and career goals, hope I am not too late….

  11. Am interested in being part of the team for facilitating online learning. Could not get the application form. Network problems currently.
    Science a. D Technical Graphics teacher as well as Head of school

    • I am interested in being part of the facilitators trainee.it will make my work easier as I carry out online training programmes

  12. This will help me in my mandate as chairlady and facilitator so very much need the course.hope electricity will not fail me .I really need the course

  13. I would like to know if I do have experience as a unqualified teacher for two years and a trainer for one year and I haven got N6 human resources management. Did I meet requirements to study this course?

    • Hi Ndumiso,

      The course works best for people with a bit more experience of teaching and training so you have something solid to build on. The other important factor is that participants are very likely to drop out of the course unless they have a clear requirement to teach/ train in online or blended courses as part of their work.

    • Dear Joyce, thank you so much for your interest in the Facilitating Online course for 2021. I just checked now and see we have received your application successfully. We will get back to you in due course.

  14. Dear Tony is Mvuyisi here from CPUT eLearning Department. I would like to join the group later in the year because for now I will be the only Instructional Designer for CPUT until we recruit and train new staff before I can enroll for it.

    Do you have some dates mid-year or later in a year which will suit my schedule?

    I can’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn more.

    • Hi Mvuyisi,

      Great to hear from you – I hope that you and your family are well. Far as I recall you did the course some years back. Lets talk offline.

      Meanwhile the 2021 dates are:
      25 January – 19 March 2021 (Late applications by 19 January 2021)
      17 May – 9 July 2021 (Apply by 9 April 2021)
      2 Aug – 23 Sept 2021 (Apply by 25 June 2021)
      18 Oct – 10 Dec 2021 (Apply by 10 Sept 2021)

  15. I wish to join the 2021 facilitating- online training. I once was part of the 2017 cohort and I did not complete the course due to connectivity challenges. I will place my application soon.

    • Thanks Ntandoyenkosi, looking forward to seeing your application and I hope that your connectivity is better now 🙂

  16. Dear All,

    Nice to see you all here! I will look forward for a fruitful engagement with all of you in the platform.

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