An Online Training Course to Learn How to Teach Online

Sylviane Bachy, Marcel Lebrun, Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, Jan 02, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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I'm not really a fan of this sort of case study, but I found myself liking this paper in spite of myself. It's a description of a methodology employed over two offerings of a course that teaches people how to learn online. It was based on a principle of isomorphism, which (in this context) means "that 'the form' used in the training course - the workflow, the methodology, interactions – be the same as that expected of participants in their future teaching, such as active methods, discussion, differentiated instruction, and formative assessment. In other words, participants had to pay as much, if not greater, attention to the form (the method) than to the substance (the content) of the training course."

This is one in a series of case studies in the the CJLT Special Issue: Online Learning from the Instructional Designer’s Perspective: Canadian and European French-language Case Studies. See more articles from this issue. They're not bad; if you like case studies you'll love this issue, and some of them made me smile.

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