Exploring proven digital teaching practices.

If you have been asked to teach a hybrid or online course, then you know that figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. Learning ForTE’s experts draw upon decades of combined experience in digital teaching to introduce you to the foundational concepts and practices proven to result in effective course designs. The on-demand content will be available to you 24/7. If you want to ground your teaching in proven practices, this course is for you!

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  • Time

    5 hours of on-demand course materials.

  • Partnership

    This course is a part of Learning Forte's Digital Ministry Initiative, in partnership with LEAD, with funding provided in part by a leadership grant from Trinity Church Wall Street.

Course Details

Foundations of Teaching Online & Hybrid Courses is an on demand course introducing you to the pedagogical concepts necessary to create and facilitate learner-centered hybrid and fully online courses that engage participants and promote learning. You will have access to the on-demand course to complete in your timeframe. The course will provide a foundation of key concepts to consider when developing and facilitating online and hybrid courses. After completing the 5 hour course, you will be ready to practice designing and delivering your digital course or move onto the intensive course.


Chief Executive Officer

Stacy Williams Duncan

As a co-creative priest with over 20 years of experience in ordained ministry, The Rev. Stacy Williams-Duncan integrates teaching and learning, research and practice, theological education and ministry in and beyond parish, school, seminary, and digital contexts. Through Learning Forte she shares her expertise in pedagogy, curriculum design, change management, and digital learning.

Chief Product Officer

Kyle Matthew Oliver

Kyle brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to Learning Forte with experience leading media-rich learning activities, facilitating effective online and hybrid courses, and planning and executing communications initiatives at a variety of faith-based organizations.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to Foundations

  • 2

    The Online Learning Landscape

    • The Journey and History of Online Learning

    • Advantages of Online Learning

    • Advantages: Ranking Activity

    • Online and Hybrid Learning: Types of Delivery

    • Online and Hybrid Learning Formats

    • Learning Management Systems

    • An LMS is Like an Iceberg

    • Online Learning Landscape Application

  • 3

    Pedagogical Practices & Structures

    • Foundational Pedagogical Practices and Structures

    • 8 Practices

    • Practice 1: Contextual Realities

    • Practice 2: Backward Design

    • Practice 3: Assessments

    • Practice 4: Active Learning

    • Practice 5: Variety of Content and Format

    • Practice 6: Learner Motivation

    • Practice 7: Structure & Expectations

    • Practice 8: Facilitation = Engagement

    • Review the Pedagogical Practices

    • Multiple Adult Learning Theories Introduction

    • Andragogy (Knowles)

    • Transformative Learning (Mezirow)

    • Experiential Learning (Kolb)

    • 8 Pedagogical Practices Application

  • 4

    Consider the Choices: Investigating Context and Constraints

    • Beginning the Backward Design Process

    • Begin with Contextual Realities

    • Examining Contextual Realities

    • Contextual Realities Application

  • 5

    Course Objectives

    • Writing Objectives

    • How to Write Effective Objectives

    • Choosing Measurable verbs

    • Course Objectives Application

  • 6

    Assessment - Content and Learning Activities that Provide Feedback

    • Introduction to Assessments

    • Purpose of Assessments

    • Formative and Summative Assessments

    • Using Formative Assessments in Your Courses

    • Ideas for Formative and Summative Assessments

    • Assessments Application

  • 7

    Selecting Content and Activities

    • Introduction

    • Connection to Backward Design

    • Identify Essential Content

    • Alignment with Contextual Realities, Objectives, and Assessments

    • Activities that Support Learning and Engagement

    • Selecting Content Application

  • 8

    Effective Course Structure

    • Introduction

    • Sequence: Structure the Course Content

    • Cadence: Define the Course Pattern

    • Clear Expectations

    • Scaffolding

    • Course Design Application

  • 9

    Online Facilitation

    • Introduction

    • Guide the Way: The Role of the Facilitator

    • Connect with Learners/Learning Community

    • Communicate and Establish Presence

    • Peer Interaction

    • Adjust and Support

    • Effective Facilitation Review

    • Facilitation Application

  • 10


    • Course Evaluation


  • $350.00

    $350.00Design + Deliver: Intensive on Teaching Online & Hybrid Courses - Spring

    Learning ForTE’s experts have developed a course that will deepen your teaching capacity and increase your confidence to apply proven practices in your courses.
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