Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Kay Lehmann

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

EDUC 761 930 February 29 - April 22, 2016

  • Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.
  • There is no registration fee and no program application.
  • E-textbook provided at no additional cost.
  • Includes full access to self-paced video tutorials to help develop course management and other technology skills.
  • Brainfuse eTutoring, an on-demand support system, is available in a number of subjects including writing, computers, and technology.

What You Will Learn

This course is about facilitating online learning and provides hands-on practice using asynchronous and synchronous communication technologies. You will actively facilitate and design online discussion prompts, and discuss conflict resolution, netiquette, and collaborative learning through problem-solving scenarios, simulations, and online discussions.

You will discuss time management strategies for online instructors, pitfalls to avoid when facilitating online activities and explore various feedback and assessment tools to analyze, assess, and encourage learner participation in online discussions.


Concepts, methods, and research for creating and facilitating a collaborative online community of practice. 

Who Should Enroll

The course is designed for training and development professionals in healthcare, business and industry, educators, instructional designers, technical college, community college and university instructors, and curriculum consultants who want to become highly qualified in facilitating blended or fully online learning or training.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program and is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.

NOTE: You may enroll in this individual course to meet your goals for professional development, continuing education, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer to another university.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there is one required live chat session in Week 7. Participants will determine a time that is convenient for all. This class is essential for those who are interested in a career as an online instructor.


An e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Lehmann, Kay and Lisa Chamberlin (2009). Making the Move to eLearning: Putting Your Course Online. Rowman & Littlefield Education Publishers. (Paperback) ISBN-13: 978-1-60709-041-0.

If you prefer to read a paperback textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from

Additional readings and lectures will be available online within the text of each module.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a personal philosophy that reflects learning theory and guides online instruction that creates an environment for reflection, critical thinking, and collaboration.

  2. Analyze the role of the online facilitator and develop strategies to implement, encourage and manage interaction in the online classroom.

  3. Demonstrate appropriate planning considerations, guidelines and procedures to establish a productive, engaging e-learning environment.

  4. Frame critical thinking questions and design discussion prompts that lead to effective learning in the online classroom.

  5. Apply understanding of learner differences when facilitating an online community of practice.

  6. Evaluate application ideas for online discussions using recognized criteria and professional references and apply current research about successful teaching strategies to guide students before, during and after case scenarios, brainstorming, role playing and reaction postings.

  7. Develop a facilitation eportfolio of useful tools, tips, and facilitation techniques as well as the beginnings of 70-30 course preparation developed during the course.

Alignment with Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards, (NETS-T) III, VI

No travel to campus is required. Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule, however this is not a self-paced course.


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Our Students Say. . .

"...the course design fostered a level of cohesive participant interaction that I have not experienced in many places. The instructor provided an effective model of online facilitation while teaching about online instruction. This could have easily exposed the underbelly of a weak course. Collaborative Communities stood up to that challenge.

Every potential online instructor should take this class."
~ Paul Mugan, High school biology teacher, Waverly, Iowa

“The time management techniques and resources shared related to prepping, first week activities and what to do during and after your online course ends were pure gold!
~Jennette Kane, Technology Integration Supervisor,Pepper Pike, Ohio


"From the psychological to the practical, the information and the resources I obtained in the course equipped me to successfully navigate the paradigm shift from the traditional to the online setting and facilitate a rich, learner-centered online community of practice. Finally, the course text, Making the Move to eLearning: Putting your Course Online, has repeatedly been an invaluable addition to my resource library."
~ Traci Skog,Instructional Designer, Wilson, Wisconsin



"I loved the course because I learned how to be a great online facilitator. I learned about my strengths and weaknesses and how to use both to my advantage. And I learned to think differently about learning in an online environment."
~ Shelley Lee Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

"Thank you for being current and future pioneers ensuring that learners like me are able to have meaningful interactions and know the difference between good and bad facilitation techniques. The work and materials that you provided in this course are what I can use and not just leave on a shelf."
~ Deborah Pace, Director of Employer Relations, Springfield, Massachusetts

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