EDDL 5141
Online Teaching and Learning

3.0 Credits


This online, applied course is designed to provide 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. The course format will be an online seminar that models the development of learning communities. Participants will be directed to readings about current issues that they will discuss online and they will provide feedback to their fellow learners about their online facilitation experiences.

Delivery Method

Online Paced.


A Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor's degree in another discipline with teaching qualifications or experience, or permission from the School of Education's Academic Director or designate.


Students will be able to:

  • Identify instructional strategies that enhance the online learning environment
  • Create a philosophy of online teaching and learning by reflecting on their course reading and experiences gained as an online student
  • Identify and discuss issues in online teaching such as community building, classroom management, student motivation, time management, expectations and student services.
  • Outline Salmon's Five-Phase Module for Online Learning and use it to construct a facilitation plan
  • Facilitate an online activity that uses emerging online communication technologies

Course Outline

Course topics will include:

  • Strategies for Instruction Online
  • Building Communities and Social Presence
  • Tools for the Online Instructor
  • Issues for Online Instructor
  • Online Facilitation Projects

Maximum Completion

12 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

There is no required textbook for this course.

Additional Requirements

Computer with internet access is required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


The following chart shows how the final grade is determined for this course.

Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 15%
Online Discussion 15%
Online Fac. Seminar 50%

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% (B-) or higher in the course overall.

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.