"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella

Dialogue Education Online

Use DE to make your online education more interactive and effective!


As workplaces and organizations become less centralized and more global, online education has become a flexible, convenient and, often, necessary means for training and teaching. But with online education, you are not in the same room with your learners, and keeping them engaged and supported becomes a challenge. Online learners often feel disconnected or unmotivated or are tempted to rush to complete the material. As a teacher or trainer knowledgeable in Dialogue Education™ (DE), this workshop will guide you in using the principles and practices of DE to design online learning environments and programs that have real and lasting impact for your learners.

In Dialogue Education Online, you’ll work online, on your own and with others who also have deep experience and knowledge of DE, guided by facilitator, Karen Ridout. The course consists of a structured series of diverse and creative learning tasks based on Dr. Jane Vella’s book On Teaching and Learning. You’ll be supported and accountable as you participate, practice, reflect, and directly apply the content you’re learning to your own teaching strategies and methods. Throughout the course, you’ll learn to integrate the principles and practices of Dialogue Education in your online education design.

This course will assist you to:

  • Broaden your own and your organization’s opportunities to reach diverse groups of learners through online education
  • Design online learning events that assure dialogue and lead to proven engagement with and retention of material, for real and lasting impact
  • Deepen your knowledge of DE and expand your methods of applying it to your organization’s training objectives
  • Enhance your value in the workplace and expand your career opportunities through your expertise in this timely and innovative pedagogy
  • Be one step closer to becoming a Certified Dialogue Education Practitioner

About the Workshop

The course is conducted online and extends for 8 weeks (40 learning hours).

Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll complete one module per week on your own, based on stated completion dates for that module.

In addition, you’ll participate in two collaborative meetings – via Skype, Adobe Connect or telephone – scheduled at specific times as agreed to by you and your fellow participants. The first meeting will be held after Module 2; the second after Module 8.

Course Content and Learning Objectives

The reading for this course is On Teaching and Learning: Putting the Principles and Practices of Dialogue Education into Action (Jossey-Bass, 2007) by Dr. Jane Vella. YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK PRIOR TO THE COURSE.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • experienced an online Learning Needs and Resources Assessment (LNRA)
  • reviewed the principles and practices of Dialogue Education™
  • distinguished online learning tasks and teaching tasks and named the importance of each
  • distinguished online learning-centered and learner-centered design
  • examined the four elements of a learning task – Anchor, Add, Apply and Away – and have composed online learning tasks using this model
  • reviewed the potential of open questions to invite online dialogue
  • named elements in the accountability of an online design and instruction
  • examined elements of an online design structure
  • researched and worked with selected web-based tools for online learning
  • collaborated in completing and reviewing learning tasks online
  • identified and composed online learning tasks (do/reflect/change)
  • used design tools online: the Eight Steps of Design, learning tasks in modules, feedback using the Dialogue Education approach, etc.
  • used evaluation indicators (learning, transfer, impact) online to assess your own work
  • identified ways of raising energy online to keep participation lively and authentic
  • practiced online engagement
  • used the language of Dialogue Education online
  • worked in asynchronous and synchronous modes

Workshop Schedule

Class size is limited due to participative, learning-centered approach.

Length: 8 weeks (40 Learning hours)

Prerequisite: Must have completed Foundations of Dialogue Education (formerly Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach)  or been exposed to the DE approach and be actively applying Dialogue Education principles in your work.

Course Schedule

*Dates TBD – ask us about bringing this workshop to your organization.