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4) Facilitation Workshop

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This was the final of three workshops to share best practices for designing and teaching online courses. Thirty two faculty and instructional staff participated in a workshop series called TeachOnline@UW: Facilitation & Management. 

During Winter 2015, participants were instructors who received grants to develop summer online courses. In Spring 2015, participants were members of a year-long learning community.This workshop consisted of six online units and seven face-to-face sessions to focus on strategies to manage and facilitate fully online courses. 


  • Planned strategies for effective student communication and engagement.
  • Identified course management strategies and planned essential preparation tasks, including modifying the syllabus.
  • Applied effective strategies for writing, facilitating, and assessing online discussions.

The participants completed periodic surveys about the workshops. Key findings indicated:

  • 99% were satisfied with the program. 
  • 99% recommend this program to other instructors. 
  • 99% said the workshop had the right number of activities (participants completed 18 assignments in 6 online units). 
  • 100% gained practical knowledge they could apply to 
    their courses. 
What Participants Said
  • "It has made me much, much more aware of the challenges of online teaching, particularly orientation for students and different ways to use/motivate discussions."

  • "It has helped provide me with a foundation for each of the 'hats' that the online instructor must wear — in addition to teaching me that the online instructor has to wear multiple hats!"

  • "The biggest influence is that it gave me broader perspectives on options to teach online and hear other perspectives and approaches. I understand more of the possibilities and opportunities."