First Steps in Online Education

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    If you want to be an effective online educator you will need to be an expert in two areas:  your topic and online education.  Hopefully you already know a lot about the theological topics that you teach, and this course will help you develop your competences in online teaching.
    The topics you will learn about cover a range of subjects such as  the nature/design of online course; what is expected of students and of instructors; problems that students will encounter; problems that instructors will encounter; some solutions to those problems and tips on how to more effectively manage online classes.

    This is the first theoretical course of a three-part series geared toward fostering the ability to create and manage online courses using Moodle.  The second and third courses, entitled “Experiencing Moodle” and  “Experimenting with Moodle” will be more practical and will involve you directly in practicing skills in the Moodle virtual learning environment.

    Course Outcomes

    This course provides teachers with a basic theoretical introduction to a selection of issues related to online education. This course is especially suited for those who have no experience in teaching online, but it can also serve as a helpful refresher to those that are active in delivering online courses.

    Course content
    • Why do students take online courses?
    • Challenges in online education
    • Differences between online and face-to-face delivery
    • Tips on becoming a successful online teacher.
    • Prepare for implementation


    This course is authored by Dr Mark Nickens.   Mark started teaching online courses in 2009 and has taught around 200 courses at 15 Bible institutes, colleges, universities, and seminaries.  He is passionate about online education and am to help you learn about online teaching possibilities.

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, write a responsive application essay and pass a  short quiz assessing your knowledge and understanding of the elements of online education that have been addressed in the course. 

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