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Thompson Rivers University

EDDL 5141: Online Teaching and Learning

This course provides educators with knowledge, skills and experience in implementing educational technology into a pedagogically sound learning environment. EDDL 5141 is designed to provide instructors with a basic introduction to the theory and practice of online teaching and learning and to develop the skills and strategies needed to facilitate courses in an online environment. Participants will reflect on their experiences as online learners to help develop their own philosophy of online teaching and learning. Using their philosophy, they will plan and conduct an online learning activity that they will facilitate for their fellow participants. Emphasis will be placed on student engagement and motivation, creating collaborative and interactive experiences and gaining practical experience.

Learning outcomes

  • Analyze selected learning and instructional design theories; assess the application of these theories in a variety of online teaching and learning contexts.
  • Evaluate and implement a range of educational technologies to support online design and facilitation.
  • Develop a design plan for an online teaching and learning experience within your own theory based educational context.
  • Facilitate an online lesson using appropriate facilitation techniques and supporting educational technology to engage learners.
  • Assess the design and facilitation techniques used within an existing online course and make evidence-based recommendations.

Course topics

  • Unit 1: Online Teaching and Learning and the Role of the Instructor
  • Unit 2: Online Design Development
  • Unit 3: Online Facilitation

Required text and materials

There is no required textbook for this course.

Additional requirements

Computer with internet access is required.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course.

Assignment 1: Online Course Audit 30%
Assignment 2: Online Lesson Facilitation 25%
Assignment 3: Online Design Plan 30%
Assignment 4: Blogging and Online Activity Participation 15%
Total 100%

NOTE TO STUDENTS beginning this Online Teaching & Learning program in Winter 2012, a student who receives a B- (70-74) or lower in two or more courses will be required to withdraw regardless of their grade point average unless the Program Coordinator recommends otherwise.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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