The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown taught us that learning and teaching can keep going if we move online. However, if online learning and teaching is to be effective, teachers and lecturers need the knowledge, skills, and values to do online learning well.

This course is made up of three components:

Foundations of online teaching:

This component introduces the key concepts of learning and teaching online and explores the pedagogy and best practices of effective online teaching.

Teaching synchronously:

This component covers what you need to know and do to prepare for and teach online learning that happens in real time with real time interaction with learners using a variety of channels.

Teaching asynchronously:

This component covers what you need to know and do to prepare for and teach through online channels without real time interaction with your learners as you will not all be online at the same time.

It is recommended that you complete the first component before completing the teaching synchronously and/or the teaching asynchronously component.

Session 1: Foundations of online teaching

This component develops a theoretical understanding of online teaching and provides a sound base for teaching and learning online whether synchronously or asynchronously. It has been designed as an introduction to the other two components in this course but can stand alone as a broad introduction to the field. 

Content overview 

  • Introduction to the possibilities of online teaching
  • A theoretical framework for online teaching 
Cost: R125

Session 2: Teaching synchronously

This component was designed to help a teacher prepare to present classes online synchronously. It covers issues of content preparation, online platform selection and the actual how-to of teaching online. Assessment and feedback are covered to ensure a full teaching and learning cycle. It is aimed at anyone new to the online teaching and learning environment and whose institution does not currently have an online learning platform.  

Content overview 

  • Overview of the requirements of teaching synchronously onlinewhat is neededclarifying outcomes, and profiling target audience   
  • Available online platforms: brief introduction to each, the pros and cons of each, how to make the final choice 
  • Matching pedagogy and content to the selected platform 
  • Live presentations: preparation, running a session, assessment 
Cost: R375

Session 3: Teaching asynchronously

This component was designed to help a teacher create videos using a smartphone and/or computer to teach asynchronously. It is aimed at anyone new to the online teaching and learning environment, or anyone new to making videos at home using (mostly) a smartphone.  

Content overview 

  • Overview of the requirements of teaching asynchronously online: what is needed, clarifying outcomes, and profiling target audience   
  • Teaching with video: scripting and planning a video, recording spaces, camera and sound   
  • Distributing the videos: transfer, upload, and sharing videos   
  • Creating a shared online learning space for video distribution 
Cost: R375