How to Moderate your Online Course

The world of online education is growing at an astonishingly rapid pace, making it crucial for educators to stay at the forefront of developments. With so many different ways of working and possibilities available, it is hard to keep track of all possible online methods and how to use them.

As educational experts with 1000+ hours of experience in e-moderation, Elevate believes that e-moderators are part of the new generation of instructors, working online to guide the learner through all these new possibilities, creating a successful and safe learning environment.

Quick overview
  • Approximately 8 hours (continuous available)
  • Certificate
  • Masterclass: self-paced online course and virtual workshop
  • Online
  • English
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Course description

How to Moderate your Online Course is an excellent Masterclass for anyone who wants to learn the skills needed to be a great e-moderator. During the online course, you will become familiar with various aspects of e-moderation, such as online socialization, e-moderating techniques (for example summarizing and weaving), how to support novices and how to promote active participation. This course will provide you with an introduction to the field of e-moderation, teach you the basic e-moderating skills, and give you guidance on how to keep developing yourself as an e-moderator. In addition, this is a hands-on course, meaning that after a short introduction to the theory, you will directly get the chance to apply your knowledge. During this course, we will challenge you to rise to the occasion and step into the shoes of the e-moderator yourself.



As part of the Masterclass, we are offering live virtual workshops given by our educational experts. The educational experts of Elevate have over 1000+ hours of experience in e-moderation and can share their knowledge during this workshop. The virtual workshop will be given 4 times a year and you can sign up in the learning environment. The workshop will take around 2 or 3 hours.


Learning objectives

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

• Critically reflect on learning process
• Apply learned (general) techniques to a specific course/situation
• State learning objectives for further development as an e-moderator
• State the basic theoretical and historical roots of e-moderation
• Apply the five stages-model of Gilly Salmon to the daily practice of an e-moderator
• Define the important roles and competencies of an e-moderator
• State the different tools that can be used by an e-moderator
• Critically reflect on your competencies and roles as an e-moderator
• Define the basics of online communication
• Encourage interaction between your students
• Apply the basics of communicating effectively online
• Distinguish and apply ways of motivating students in an online course
• Encourage interaction between students of an online course
• Create and maintain a sense of social presence in an online course
• Recognise and take into account cultural differences in an online course
• Distinguish different e-moderating techniques
• Apply the correct e-moderating technique in a given situation
• State the basic challenges of e-moderation
• Recognize and be able to help students in need
• Handle the basic challenges of e-moderation
• Set up a support system for e-moderating a course
• Apply appreciative inquiry for e-moderating an online course
• Distinguish and apply the basic skills of planning and managing an online class
• Create a plan of action for moderating a course

Course deadlines & certificate

There are no set deadlines in this course.

You will receive a certificate upon completion of all required learning activities. Access to the course in the online learning environment will be granted for up to 1 year after enrollment into the course.


If you enroll in this course with more than 4 people, we can offer a 10% discount. Do you want more information, please send an email to:

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