Classes de maitre

Master Class

Designing e-Learning Courses for a Variety of Distance Education Approaches*

From the synchronous virtual classroom to asynchronous learning, there is a wide variety of distance learning approaches and delivery methods: synchronous or asynchronous, unimodal, bimodal or multimodal, hybrid (blended), online hybrid, nomadic and mobile.

These approaches aim to meet a range of learning needs and involve different pedagogical, organizational, relational and technological methods.

Each approach is unique in terms of design, implementation and supervision. The choice of approach depends on the kind of learning situations and the requirements involved: type of knowledge to be learned, more or less independent learning path, number and types of interactions, tools and resources to be produced, supervision requirements and so on.

This master class reviews a series of learning tools and spaces, and the main requirements for their effective use. At the end of the activity, the instructional designer will have a realistic idea of the virtual world of online learning and be able to use it to quickly convert existing classroom courses into effective e-learning as well as design needs-based e-learning courses.

* This master class will be presented in French only.


Marcelle Parr, MEd, Education Consultant, Director of Action Compétences

Marcelle Parr has been working in the education field for over twenty-five years. She became interested in independent learning while earning her master’s degree in education and training management, and has worked as a teacher, educational consultant and assistant director of occupational training. She has contributed to the renewal of the work-study program for the Quebec Department of Education as well as the production of prior learning and competencies recognition and assessment tools.

Marcelle was also employed by the Société de formation à distance des commissions scolaires du Québec (SOFAD) to support the delivery of distance education in the Quebec school system through joint measures between the Department, SOFAD and its various partners, and by contributing to the development of service delivery in response to the system's support needs. She has led several partnership projects to support the growth of distance learning in Quebec.

In 2019, she published the paper Pour apprivoiser la distance – Guide de formation et de soutien aux acteurs de la formation à distance [tackling the challenges of distance - training and support guide for distance educators] for the Réseau d'enseignement francophone à distance (REFAD).


Experience level and prerequisites:

Basic knowledge of e-learning


At the end of the class, participants will:
  • Be more familiar with different ways to approach and deliver e-learning
  • Understand their relevance to diverse learning needs
  • Associate the various e-learning approaches with the conditions for their success
  • Choose education methods appropriate to learning needs and situation

Intended audience

This master class is for anyone responsible for designing e-learning courses.

Pre-Class Preparation

No preparation required

Agenda: 1.5 Hours

  • Welcome
  • Introduction and objectives
  • Explanatory content and interactions
  • Simulation exercise
  • Q & A
  • Summary/review and closing



Date: November 26, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Pacific) / 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Mountain) / 11 a.m. to12:30 p.m. (Central) / 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern) / 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Atlantic)
Duration : 1 h 30




Members: $25
Non-members: $50
Group: Registration of 10 participants from the same organization: $250

To register, e-mail the form below to by November 19, 2020. The registration fee must be paid before access will be granted to the Master Class.

To access the registration form, click here.


Read the section on payment under “Membership” for information on payment options.

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