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How to Create an Online TEFL course?

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  • Danmill397
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    24 April, 2017 at 9:52
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    Hello fellow teachers,

    I am looking for some advice regarding how to create a 120 hour online Tefl course. Has anyone taken the step from teacher to course provider? If so, can you advise me?

    Another area of interest is franchising. Does anyone have any recommendations of a reliable, trustworthy Tefl franchise that would be worth looking into?

    Thanks!

    DM

    Keith
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    28 April, 2017 at 15:21
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    Hi DM

    I guess the main steps in creating a 120 hour online course would be something like these:

    1. Find an LMS (Learning management System) to run it on. There are a large number out there – free, open source ones such as Moodle, and a range of paid ones ranges from a relatively low one-off or monthly fee, up to an investment of thousands of pounds (try something like this list to get started).

    2. Create a syllabus with learner objectives and expected learner outcomes.

    3. Create the syllabus content. You’d need to think about how you’re going to present it – Video? Plain old pdfs? Interactive content? – and then get on with the job of creating it.

    4. Think about assessment – how are you going to validate the learning? Interactive quizzes? Assignments to be submitted and marked by a tutor?

    5. Think about accreditation for the course – it will need external accreditation.

    6. Market it.

    I appreciate this is a very quick, broad and generalised answer, but an answer outlining each step and all the sub-steps and things to think about would be a book rather than a forum post!

    I would start by doing some extensive research of existing online courses. What do the popular ones include? How are they presented? Who are they accredited by? Etc. Then you may want to research how to “do” elearning – search something like “elearning guide” – here’s one, for example, to get you started.

    The key, in my opinion, is to do is properly. There are so many online courses out there now that it’s no longer really possible to get away with doing it half-heartedly (creating something generic and thin). And, hopefully, nor would you want to, for the benefit of your future trainees!

    Hope that helps to get you started.

    Keith

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