Thursday, April 26, 2018

Introducing the new FLO MicroCourses

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Have you longed to take a Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) course, but wished it were shorter? We have just the learning opportunity to fit your schedule!

Beginning in June 2018, we will be rolling out a new series: FLO MicroCourses! These are short, single-topic, hands-on/practical and free. In one week, you will dip into the FLO experience, and leave with something practical and useful for your own teaching practice.

Topics are emergent and all related to designing and facilitating and learning online. Our first offering is:
Make Your Course Intro Video 
June 11 – 15, 2018 

You will leave this course with new ideas and skills for creating personable and informative introductory videos. In addition, you’ll receive feedback on your own course video prototype. 

Participants should expect to spend at least 5 hours for course activities during the week. Those with no prior online teaching and learning experience can expect to invest more time. Active participation will make this course successful for everyone!

Examples of future FLO MicroCourse topics include:

  • Experience and design a community building activity 
  • Using inclusive dialogue 
  • Designing a formative feedback for the instructor 
  • Designing course surveys 
  • Creating an accessible learning resource 
  • Designing assessment rubrics 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

What’s New With FLO?

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Over the years FLO Enthusiasts have been refining and growing the collection of Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) courses, affectionately referred to as the “FLO family of courses”, and there’s no stopping us! Here’s a glimpse of what the future holds.

We’ve listened to your feedback and FLO will become more affordable and more modularized. We will still run our 5-week Facilitating Learning Online – Fundamentals course (October 1 – November 2, 2018), but in an effort to reach twice as many people it will cost half as much! Further, the first 3 registrants will receive a super deal. Register for the October FLO Fundamentals course here!
Beginning in June 2018, we will roll out our first FLO-Micro course. Short, free, and focused, these online courses will provide an opportunity to dip into the FLO experience and leave with something practical and useful for your own teaching practice.
We will continue to offer Facilitator Development Online (FDO) to prepare individuals who are interested in facilitating and adopting FLO family courses. However, we’re working to better accommodate your busy schedules and learning needs by dividing FDO into four parts:
  1. Self-directed courses with sandbox environments to become familiar with what’s under the hood of a FLO course and how to prepare for a strong start as a new facilitator
  2. A comprehensive Facilitation Guide to help you facilitate or adopt FLO courses
  3. Continue with the 2-week workshop to dive deeper and explore the preparation and work required to facilitate FLO
  4. A “capstone” practice opportunity to take on facilitation tasks alongside an experienced FLO facilitator
As community-based service learning offerings, FDO and FLO-Micro are free in exchange for your commitment to participate in course activities.
All of this new development to prepare facilitators is underway. Meanwhile, join the 58 educators representing 16 B.C. post-secondary institutions who are on the pathway to becoming awesome FLO facilitators! The next FDO course runs May 7 – 18, 2018 and is facilitated by Ross McKerlich, Education Technology Coordinator at Okanagan College, and Sylvia Currie. Register for the May FDO offering here.
As always, FLO courses are openly licensed and available for institutions to implement in-house. Browse or download (Moodle) the courses in SOLR.

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