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Online Teaching Facilitation Course (OTFC)


To create the most effective online teachers possible; to help build capacity and to provide the tools, technology, and training so that practitioners can become online professional development specialists in educational technology and able to train their colleagues in the school, district, or state.

The results are designed to help practitioners impact classroom practice and student learning through the use of technology, thereby helping educators develop professionally and, in turn, improving the quality of instruction received by students.


The course is delivered completely online using the Blackboard Learning System. It involves the use of e-mail, file attachments, discussion forums, and weekly chat sessions. Participants can work anywhere, anyplace with the ease of Web access. The course is six weeks in length using a manageable timetable of 10 to 15 hours per week, which was developed with the participant's busy schedule in mind.

Who Attends

K-12 teachers interested in teaching online courses, or professional development providers who would like to teach this course to groups of teachers.

Particpants Learn to

  • Explain and use the basic elements of online courses: e-mail, threaded discussions, real-time conferencing.
  • Facilitate asynchronous and synchronous online discussions.
  • Create collaborative learning activities for students.
  • Identify issues associated with the management of online classes.
  • Discuss the ethical and legal issues associated with online education.
  • Explain the accessibility issues associated with online education.
  • Discuss strategies for integrating online and classroom instruction.

Research Base

The course is organized by modules based upon the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS), whose goal is to enable stakeholders in PK-12 education to develop national standards for educational uses of technology that facilitate school improvement in the United States.


The recommended textbook for the course is Teaching Online: A Practical Guide (2003) by S. Ko and S. Rossen, published by Houghton Mifflin. All other reading materials are provided online. OTFC learning guides include the instructor's guide, participant's guide and OFTC log-on information.


Cost is $500 per participant with a group size of 12 to15 needed to conduct a course. Course licensing for subsequent use can be negotiated.

For Information or Scheduling

Call 800-252-0283.


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