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AuthorAID's Facilitating Events and Courses in an Online World Self-Study Course

By Maisie Northing | April 3, 2024  | Online courses Facilitation skills

Did you know, that apart from Massive Open Online Courses, AuthorAID also provides a variety of freely accessible self-study courses on the learn@inasp platform? ‘Self-study’ means you can undertake the course at your own pace, study at the times you want to, and that the course is not facilitated. This enables you to fit your learning around your schedule. You can enrol in any our self-study courses at any time.

Today we introduce you to AuthorAID’s Facilitating Events and Courses in an Online World (FECOW) Self-Study Course.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning how to facilitate online events and courses that encourage active participation of both women and men learners.

AuthorAID graphic - red background and all text in white. The AuthorAID logo is at the bottom, and a white straight border surrounds all the text. The text reads 'Did you know that AuthorAID has lots of self study course? Enrol in our Facilitating Events and Courses in an Online World course now! Learn how to design, plan, and facilitate online events that actively engage both women and men participants''Are you…

  1. Someone who has participated in an online course in the past one to two years, or has participated in an online meeting or event (like a webinar) in the past six months?
  2. Someone who has had some experience in facilitating a face-to-face or online meeting, event, or course in the past year?
  3. Enthusiastic about facilitating online?

If so, our Facilitating Events and Courses in an Online World course is for you!

Read on for key information about the course. We hope to see you enrol soon!


What is this course about?

The self-study course comprises of four learning resources:

  1. Introduction to facilitating learning and active participation online
  2. Designing and planning synchronous online events
  3. Facilitating synchronous online events
  4. Facilitating asynchronous online courses

You will find a key terminology glossary on the course homepage, so don’t worry if you aren’t too familiar with the terms used in the list above.

This tutorial has a practical focus, rather than theoretical; it is based on real life scenarios and the experiences of INASP’s men and women online facilitators. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences and ideas, and to critically analyse these events.


What are the learning outcomes of the course?

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Design and plan a synchronous online event such as a video conference or webinar
  • Facilitate a synchronous online event that encourages active participation and learning by both women and men participants
  • Facilitate an asynchronous online course in a manner that is gender responsive and encourages active participation and learning
  • Select a ‘good enough’ balance of digital tools and facilitations strategies to engage participants online and meet your (learning) outcomes


Around how much time will this course take?

Learners on the course should set aside around 10 hours to complete it. There are four units, and we would recommend planning to spend around 2 to 3 hours on each unit, to ensure maximum benefit. We also recommend that you aim to complete the course within 2 to 3 weeks of beginning the course.


Example certificate for completing the course. The INASP logo and 'research and knowledge at the heart of development' is at the top right, in blue font. The certificate reads 'Certificate of Completion', next line, blurred out name of completer, 'has met the completion criteria for the self-study tutorial Facilitating Events and Courses in an Online World'. The next line is the date, and below are the 7 learning outcomes, the average study time of 10 hours, and then text that the tutorial is offered by INASP, and how to verify the authenticity of the certificate. What are the completion criteria?

To complete the course and receive a certificate showing your completion, you need to:

  • Complete the pre-course survey
  • Go through all the learning resources
  • Pass the quiz at the end of the tutorial
  • Complete the feedback survey


How do I enrol?

You can enrol – at any time – for the course here: https://learn.inasp.info/enrol/index.php?id=372

If you don’t already have a learn@inasp account, you will need to register and create an account. Once you are logged in, you can enrol in the course.


Completing the course – ensuring you have fulfilled the completion criteria – will mean you receive an exciting downloadable certificate. You could share it on your LinkedIn – or other social media – profile, and tag @AuthorAID!

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