Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) - Fundamentals (5 Weeks)

Course Code: EDU103
Day: Tue Time: 19:10-20:00 Hours: 10 Sessions: 5 Medium of Instruction: English Location: Online

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Course Description

This five-week online course focuses on developing teaching skills for asynchronous online learning. The course, based on a workshop originally developed by Royal Roads University and BC Campus, has been expanded and adapted to address issues common to teaching online in Japan and other East Asian contexts. Over the five weeks, participants will learn strategies to create active learning environments online for students, facilitate or co-facilitate a pre-designed learning activity, and receive feedback from peers. Participants will have the opportunity to develop online facilitation skills with other new and experienced facilitators. This workshop is designed for core faculty, associate faculty, and staff in facilitation or support roles of online or blended courses, regardless of experience level. To help participants get the most out of the experience and internalize the online learning experience, this course will take a blended approach. Weekly full group sessions will be limited to one hour to allow time for instructor-supported team-based learning and individual work within the online learning environment.

Learning Objectives

1. Build and sustain online community.
2. Support diverse learners online.
3. Facilitate collaborative and individual learning.
4. Provide constructive feedback and assessment.
5. Manage the online course environment.

Who should take this course

Core faculty, associate faculty, and staff in facilitation or support roles of online or blended courses, regardless of experience level.


“Teaching in a Digital Age” (2nd Edition) by Tony Bates. (open textbook)


Douglas Strable

Instructor Biography

Doug Strable started teaching and working remotely in Japan 25 years ago, keeping sales teams and clients in broadcast television and tele-education updated with real-time product training and sales support. His volunteer work with junior high school students, their families, and school leavers led him to return to school online, and earn a Master of Arts degree in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University, Canada. He is passionate about how learning online creates an environment that motivates students to develop, challenge, and share diverse ideas.
Doug has been actively developing engaging online programs for post-secondary instructors and corporations in Canada and Japan and helping instructors move their classes online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He just published a Japanese language version of Teaching in a Digital Age, by Dr. Tony Bates, to guide for instructors understand the changes they need to implement to engage students in learning online and in the classroom.