The Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning course offered at the University of Wisconsin Stout addresses a number of topics of relevance to online educators.
1. Develop a personal philosophy that reflects learning theory and guides online instruction that creates an environment for reflection, critical thinking, and collaboration.
2. Analyze the role of the online facilitator and develop strategies to implement, encourage and manage interaction in the online classroom.
3. Demonstrate appropriate planning considerations, guidelines and procedures to establish a productive, engaging e-learning environment.
4. Frame critical thinking questions and design discussion prompts that lead to effective learning in the online classroom.
5. Apply understanding of learner differences when facilitating an online community of practice.
6. Evaluate application ideas for online discussions using recognized criteria and professional references and apply current research about successful teaching strategies to guide students before, during and after case scenarios, brainstorming, role playing, and reaction postings.
7. Develop a facilitation eportfolio of useful tools, tips, and facilitation techniques as well as the beginnings of 70-30 course preparation developed during the course.