Getting Online team members developed and delivered an "Introduction to Online Learning" course. Technical support was provided by Athabasca University. This learning opportunity was delivered online and was designed to introduce online learning to literacy practitioners in Canada.
This online course explored a variety of topics such as:
- Reflecting upon personal expectations about online learning
- Building online learning communities
- Exploring online learning and the literacy field
Participants were introduced to various learning technologies including Moodle and Elluminate. The course content included a variety of online learning activities, selected readings, posting to discussion boards, partnering with other participants on assignments, researching using the internet, and using internet-based assessment tools.
In order to test the curriculum, timelines and technologies and adapt for subsequent courses, "Introduction to Online Learning" was first offered as a 6-week pilot course from April to May 2008. Based on the pilot results, the course was further tailored to meet participant needs.
The GO online course was then expanded to an 8-week course and was offered three times to literacy practitioners across Canada:
- October 6 to November 28, 2008
- January 12 to March 6, 2009
- March 23 to May 15, 2009
One of the GO online course facilitators shared her perspective on these courses:
"One of the things I enjoyed most about facilitating the Getting Online course is the collaborative learning environment that was created by participants and facilitators. In this program, we all learned from and with each other. Bringing literacy experts from around the country together using learning technology provided a platform for rich discussion and shared experiences. I continue to be amazed and inspired by the possibilities for the literacy community through learning technologies."