EDDL 5141 ON2 – Online Teaching and Learning (Winter 2024 Harrison)

The campuses of Thompson Rivers University are located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwepemc Nation within Secwepemcul’ecw. As we share knowledge, teaching, learning, and research within this university, we recognize that this territory has always been a place of teaching, learning, and research.

We respectfully acknowledge the Secwepemc—the peoples who have lived here for thousands of years, and who today are a Nation of 17 Bands.

We acknowledge Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc.

We acknowledge T’exelcemc and Xat’súll.

We acknowledge the many Indigenous peoples from across this land. (Knowledge Makers, n.d.)


Welcome to EDDL 5141: Online Teaching and Learning.

This Course Guide contains important information about the course structure, learning materials, and expectations for completing the course requirements. It also provides information about how and when to contact your Open Learning Faculty Member, an expert in the course content, who will guide you through the course. Take some time to read the Course Guide to familiarize yourself with what you need to do to complete your course successfully.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Open Learning Faculty Member. We hope you enjoy the course.

Calendar Description

This course provides educators with knowledge, skills and experience in implementing educational technology into a pedagogically sound learning environment. EDDL 5141 is designed to provide instructors with a basic introduction to the theory and practice of online teaching and learning and to develop the skills and strategies needed to facilitate courses in an online environment. Participants will reflect on their experiences as online learners to help develop their own philosophy of online teaching and learning. Using their philosophy, they will plan and conduct an online learning activity that they will facilitate for their fellow participants. Emphasis will be placed on student engagement and motivation, creating collaborative and interactive experiences and gaining practical experience.


A Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline with teaching qualifications or experience, or permission from the School of Education’s Associate Dean or designate.

Course Materials

This section describes the course materials that you will need for EDDL 5141: Online Teaching and Learning.

Required Textbooks

All required resources are available free of charge online.

Required Hardware, Software, Computer Skills, and Other Resources

Technical Basics lists the hardware, software, and computer skills requirements for your course.

The other resource that you need for this course is the following:

  • A computer with Internet access.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze selected learning and instructional design theories; assess the application of these theories in a variety of online teaching and learning contexts.
  • Evaluate and implement a range of educational technologies to support online design and facilitation.
  • Develop a design plan for an online teaching and learning experience within your own theory based educational context.
  • Facilitate an online lesson using appropriate facilitation techniques and supporting educational technology to engage learners.
  • Assess the design and facilitation techniques used within an existing online course and make evidence-based recommendations.

Course Topics

EDDL 5141: Online Teaching and Learning includes the following Units and Modules:

Unit 1: Online Teaching and Learning and the Role of the Instructor

  1. Overview of Online Teaching and Learning
  2. The Role of the Online Instructor

Unit 2: Online Design Development

  1. Learning Theories and the Online Environment
  2. Instructional Design and the Online Environment
  3. Integrated Course Design

Unit 3: Online Facilitation

  1. Foundations of Online Facilitation
  2. Planning your Online Facilitation
  3. Building Online Community
  4. Engaging and Motivating Students Online
  5. Managing the Online Environment

Learning Activities

In this course, you will study independently and in groups with other learners. Your Open Learning Faculty Member will support your learning throughout the course. Working through course activities and readings will help you to meet the learning outcomes and successfully complete your assessments.

Assessments (100%)

Assessments Value
Assignment 1: Online Course Audit Assignment 30%
Assignment 2: Online Lesson Facilitation Assignment 25%
Assignment 3: Online Design Plan Assignment 30%
Assignment 4: Blogging and Online Activity Participation 15%
Total 100%

Non-completion of an assignment will result in a mark of zero for that assignment.

Note To Students:
Beginning this Online Teaching & Learning program in Winter 2012, a student who receives a B- (70-74) or lower in two or more courses will be required to withdraw regardless of their grade point average unless the Program Coordinator recommends otherwise.”
Always keep a copy of each assignment you submit so that you have a copy to refer to in the event of a telephone or email conference with your Open Learning Faculty Member.

Grading Scale

The official grading scale for all Open Learning courses is the TRU Academic/Career/Developmental Programs scale as noted in TRU’s Grading Systems and Procedures.

Academic Integrity

Appropriate academic conduct requires that you complete your assignments independently, honestly, and without misrepresentation or plagiarism. Typically, plagiarism occurs in three forms: when a writer uses someone’s exact words or ideas as if they were her/his own, paraphrases someone’s ideas without acknowledgement or identifying the source, or simply does not include the proper citations.

Be sure to cite all sources of direct quotations and borrowed ideas. If you do not, you could fail your assignments and, potentially, the course.

Each assignment is viewed individually for academic integrity. Please be aware, should you choose to submit multiple assignments at the same time and if an academic integrity violation is discovered in more than one of those assignments, that each assignment submission will be viewed as a separate offence and sanctions will be applied accordingly.


: Citing facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials deemed common knowledge is not considered plagiarism.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully familiar with the “Forms of Academic Dishonesty” section of the TRU Student Academic Integrity Policy.

TRU Library also provides the valuable Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Avoid It resource.

Be sure to cite the sources you use in assessments and discussions. Check with your Open Learning Faculty Member to see which style to use. TRU Library’s Citation Style Guides is an excellent resource for writing academic citations.

Help Available

The following sections describe the support that is available to you throughout this course.

Open Learning Faculty Member

Your Open Learning Faculty Member will guide your learning in this course, mark and comment on your assignments, and provide you with whatever assistance you need with your coursework. You are encouraged to contact your Open Learning Faculty Member early and often; for example, when:

  • You wish to discuss any ideas about the course content.
  • You do not understand some aspect of the course instructions or assessments.
  • You have difficulty with any of the assigned readings.
  • You have a question or a problem arising from your Open Learning Faculty Member’s comments or grading of your assessments.

TRU Library

TRU Library provides you with access to online, print, and audiovisual resources to complete your assignments successfully and for further reading on any topic discussed in this course.

The Distance, Regional, and Open Learning (DROL) services include the direct delivery of library materials at no cost to you and one-on-one research assistance.

Use theDiscover search boxto search for the library’s resources. You will be prompted to log-in using your TRU network account. You may need to change the default password to your network account before you will be able to access the library’s resources. SeeStudent Network Account for information.

You can request assistance by email or phone 250-852-6402 (Kamloops, BC) or 1-800-663-1699 (toll-free in Canada).

Writing Centre

The Writing Centre can help you with feedback on your writing. You can request help with any stage of the writing process, including: understanding assignment requirements; tips on brainstorming and idea generation; feedback on organization, sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation; resources for academic citations and avoiding plagiarism; and strategies for effective revision. You may ask for help with a specific writing problem or for general feedback. Open Learning students can get support online or in person on TRU’s Kamloops campus.

Technical Support

If you have problems using the tools or features of the course website, check the Technical Basics web page to see if you are using the correct hardware and software required for your course. If you still experience problems, go to theIT Service Desk.

For help, email the IT Service Desk or call 1-888-852-8533 (toll-free in Canada), 250-852-6800 (Kamloops, BC), and 1-250-852-6800 (International).

Curriculum Developer

Jordanne Christie

Jordanne Christie is a faculty member in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Durham College, and a former Educational Developer in the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment (C.A.F.E). She has specific expertise in online and hybrid learning, and is committed to the design and delivery of rich and engaging online learning experiences. She has a broad range of experience developing and facilitating web-based, hybrid and online courses at the post-secondary level and has experience teaching in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University, and in the Extended Education department at the University of Manitoba. She has a PhD in E-Research and Technology-Enhanced Learning from Lancaster University, and a Master of Education in Distance Education from Athabasca University.

Curriculum Consultant

Keith Webster

Keith has been an educator for several decades, including many years as a staff instructor in the Canadian Forces and a stint as a high school teacher. Keith became an instructional designer at the University of Victoria in 2004, moving to Royal Roads University in 2015. Keith has taught educational technology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria and instructional design in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads. Keith has taught in the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning at Thompson Rivers University since it’s inception in 2009. In addition to course design and development, Keith facilitates faculty development workshops at Royal Roads University and is involved with BC’s edtech community of practice—the Educational Technology User’s Group (ETUG).

Keith lives in Victoria with his wife and two teenage children. When he isn’t wrestling with educational challenges, he enjoys outdoor and wilderness activities in a variety of seasons.


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Course Development Team 2018

Course Developer: Jordanne Christie, PhD

Course Consultant: Keith Webster, MA

Instructional Designer: Stephen Doubt, MEd

Editor: Mona Hall, EdCert

Associate Dean, Education and Social Work: Jane Hewes, PhD

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