Growing numbers of students expect a choice in where and how they learn. This includes being able to learn fully online or in blended mode (part face-to-face and part online), whatever the subject matter. Today’s teachers are increasingly expected to know how to teach their students online effectively. Our online e-Moderation course gives you the skills and confidence to teach online in a principled and effective manner.
How does the course benefit you professionally?
This course is aimed at teachers, trainers, tutors, facilitators, lecturers and mentors from any discipline and any level of education, who are interested in developing the skills necessary to become an effective e-moderator in online courses.
The course is also specifically recommended by Cambridge ESOL for f2f CELTA teacher trainers wanting to become qualified online CELTA trainers.
The e-Moderation course looks at the range of skills needed by an online tutor, particularly in the field of ELT (English Language Teaching), although these skills are easily transferable to other disciplines. Through the experience of the course itself you will acquire and analyse these skills.
During the course, you will:
You will follow the course entirely online, working individually, in pairs, and in small groups with a tutor. You are fully supported by your tutor throughout the course. There are four course modules, each corresponding to one week’s work:
MODULE 1: Access and climate setting
MODULE 2: Online social skills
MODULE 3: Dealing with knowledge and content
MODULE 4: Development and reflection
The Consultants-E was one of the first providers to offer an online course in e-moderation skills (back in 2003), and is considered a leader in the field. We are one of the most experienced and highly-regarded online providers of quality online training for teachers, and our online e-Moderation course has several unique features:
Our tutors are highly qualified and experienced language teachers and trainers, with years of experience of moderating online teacher training courses. All our tutors have language teaching backgrounds (e.g. teaching general English, business English, ESP, primary and secondary-school learners, one-to-one, and teacher training) and have worked in a range of contexts and countries. Many of our tutors are prize-winning methodology and coursebook authors and materials writers. Feedback for the tutors on all of our courses is consistently excellent, and they are experts in providing guidance and support online, as well as being highly knowledgeable in the fields of language teaching and online learning.
You can find out more about our tutors on our Team page.
The course lasts four weeks. You are expected to spend approx. 6-8 hours per week on online individual and collaborative group work, including offline reading and reflection. Deadlines for task completion are weekly, and you can log on at any point during the week to work on the course. There are no 'fixed' times to be online - apart from regular timetabled online video-conferencing sessions - and these are negotiated to suit everyone. You will receive a detailed study timetable to help you organise your workload effectively once you have enrolled on the course.
You won’t need any prior experience or knowledge of online tutoring, although very basic experience of email and Internet use would be helpful.
In terms of hardware and software, you need:
- An Internet connection, preferably broadband
- A headset (best is with a USB connection)
- A webcam is optional
- An up-to-date browser
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- An up-to-date media player (e.g. Windows Media Player or similar)
- A word processing package (e.g. Microsoft Word or similar)
You need competence in written and spoken English, whether English is your first, second or foreign language. Your level of competence in English must be of a standard sufficient to enable you to fully understand and complete the course work (e.g. minimum B1 on the CEFR).
The Consultants-E will issue you with a Certificate on successful completion of the course. Successful completion of the course is defined as completing a minimum of 80% of the course work, and contributing fully to the final course project.
You can enrol online via the enrolment form. You can then pay the course fee online via PayPal, or by bank transfer. The course fee covers all course content and documentation, video-conferencing sessions, full tutor support and ongoing feedback.
Cambridge ESOL certified CELTA trainers who wish to train up as online CELTA trainers are offered a 15% discount on the course fee, as are past participants on our other online training courses. Please choose the appropriate option at checkout.
We use PayPal as our secure online payment service. PayPal are trusted World-Wide for Internet transactions. We do not store your credit card details in any way. This increases your privacy and makes your purchase more secure.
Under European Union legislation, you have the right to cancel within seven days of our contract with you. If you cancel your enrolment you will have your payment returned. To be refunded please provide full details of your enrolment including all reference numbers and PayPal correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: We are occasionally obliged to cancel a planned course if we do not have the minimum required number of participants (six). Cancellation will normally occur two- three days in advance of the course start date. In the event of a course cancellation you will be offered the opportunity to have a full refund, roll your enrolment over to the next course date, or transfer to another course with a discount.
A deferral means that you leave one iteration of a course and join another at a later date, and we are obliged to levy a series of deferral fees to cover associated administrative and tutoring costs in all such cases. Note that deferrals are only granted in exceptional circumstances (bereavement, long-term illness, relocation, etc.) and on receipt of concrete supporting evidence. When you join a new iteration of your course you will need to pay the deferral fee to join it.
How are Deferral Fees Calculated?
Deferral fees are calculated to cover associated administrative costs, costs connected with our contractual obligations to tutor(s) assigned to your course, and with how much of the course you may already have done at the time of deferral.
You will also need to cover bank or PayPal transfer costs as appropriate (note that our bank does not charge for transfers within the UK, but has a standing charge of £17.00 for any international transfer, whilst PayPal will apply a fee based on the quantity of money transferred, and the destination).
The deferral fee needs to be paid within one month of a deferral being granted. You then have up to one year (twelve calendar months) in which to take the course again. If more than twelve months elapse between your deferral and enrolling on the course again, you will need to pay the full course fee, and start the course from the beginning as a new participant. Previous work will not be validated in this case.
What are the fees?
The deferral fee - how much you will need to pay to join a future iteration of your course - will be calculated as a combination of administrative costs, tutor costs, bank and associated charges and a fee based on how much of the course you have done at the time of referral.
- less than 50% of the current course done
-> 25% fee to be paid for the next course you join
- more than 50% of the course done
-> 50% fee to be paid for the next course you join
Before the Course Starts
If you need to cancel before the course starts, we are able to offer the following refunds:
- if you cancel more than two weeks before the course starts, you get a 100% refund
- if you cancel less than two weeks before the course starts, you get a 75% refund
After the Course has Started
Generally speaking, by the time your course starts we will have invested time and money in the administration of the course, in contracting one of our tutors and agreeing terms and conditions for their tutoring time and they will already have spent time working with you on the course. This makes it very difficult for us to issue refunds after a course has started, and we will only be able to do so in special unforeseen circumstances (long-term illness, bereavement or similar), and with concrete evidence to support a refund application. In such circumstances we can offer the following refunds, based on how much of the course you have already had access to:
- if you have completed less than 25% of the course, you get a 50% refund
- if you have completed less than 50% of the course, you get a 25% refund
- if you have completed more than 50% of the course, you get 00% refund
Please note that these exceptional refunds are calculated after tutor costs and bank charges have been deducted.
In most cases, issuing a refund will incur increased bank charges, so we do offer the possibility of keeping the refund in credit with us to put towards another course in the subsequent twelve months, or transferring the credit to a friend or colleague for their use when enrolling with us. Please ask us about this option when asking for a refund.
With the launch of the Cambridge CELTA Course Online (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), CELTA online tutors are required to have e-moderation skills training. Our Emoderation course is specifically recommended by Cambridge ESOL for this training.
Tutors from certified CELTA training centres are offered a 15% discount on the e-Moderation course fees. Please contact us for payment details at the special discounted rate.
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