FLO (Facilitating Learning Online) is a growing collection of 1 to 5 week online courses designed to enhance skills required to confidently and effectively facilitate learning online. 

Facilitators: Beth Cougler Blom and John McLeod

Develop participants’ skills in planning and facilitating in online synchronous web-conferencing environments

FLO MicroCourse: Intercultural Communication 1,1,1,1


In the intercultural communication field, direct experience is recognized as the most effective way to develop supportive attitudes, skills, and knowledge by exposing participants to their own and others' affective responses, as well as alternative perspectives. While culture is dynamic, with great diversity within, as well as between, cultures, focused exploration of even a single aspect of communication can build a strong foundation for insight into a variety of cultural patterns.   

In this 1-week course, we will explore 1 intercultural communication concept through an experiential learning approach that includes 1 reading and 1 assignment.  

Facilitators: Gina Bennett and Asif Devji

This workshop will help you enhance skills needed to confidently and effectively facilitate online learning. You will: 

  • experience being in the online learners’ shoes; 
  • think about, practice and develop your online facilitation skills with other new and experienced online facilitators; and 
  • deepen your learning as you synthesize your observations, reading and online activities in your journal.

FLO MicroCourse: Teach With Stories

Facilitators: Denise Withers and Sylvia Currie

In this FLO MicroCourse, we will explore the art and science of story design to discover how and why stories make learning easier. Following a dip into the research, you’ll share experiences of teaching/learning with story in the past, then design a rough draft of a story-based learning assignment for peer review.

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • describe how stories facilitate learning
  • identify 5 ways to use story in your teaching
  • design an effective, story-based learning activity.

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourses are short, single-topic, hands-on and free. In one week, you will dip into the FLO experience, and leave with something practical and useful for your own teaching practice. Participate according to your own schedule and expect to spend approximately 1 hour per day!


Facilitators: Ross McKerlich and Asif Devji

Develop participants’ skills in planning and facilitating in online synchronous web-conferencing environments