In this course, you will have the opportunity to consider how best practice in the day-to-day operation of a language institute can be transferred to an online context to ensure that in the transition to online teaching and learning, your institute can maintain its standards of quality.

This course is intended to encourage school managers and teachers not to think of the transition to online learning merely in terms of the creation of a synchronous space within which the teachers and the students can interact, but as a more holistic operation where the online classes are part of a larger apparatus which the manager has complete control over.

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" The course broadly covers the main elements of moving to an online school. We gained a lot of valuable information from our fellow learners, who are all in the midst of this change. "


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Location: Online
Experience: Directors, managers, and school owners, senior teachers.
Language Level: B1
Course dates: Dates TBC
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course Length: 4 weeks
Course fees: £495
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 18
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content

Assessing learners and assigning level and class
Moving the Learning Management System into the online world
Quality control online
Teacher induction, training, and development online
Processes for dealing with student queries and enquiries online
Creating a virtual staffroom for collegial collaboration
Managing the process of learner progress and changing level where necessary
Certification and accreditation online
Considering the non-academic administrative functions online

The aim of this course is to train principals and managers on how to utilise the virtual world to establish and administer the key components of the academic management process, and creating a whole school system that can exist online and has the ability to reproduce the key school management features of a physical school. This is intended to support schools to begin to rethink their policies and procedures and to create a viable online school which will meet industry standards in terms of academic management, teacher development, and lesson quality control.

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" I would recommend this to schools looking to take the leap into online teaching. "


" The course was excellent. It has made me very interested in pursuing further study with NILE. "


Further Information

NILE Online courses are highly interactive and learning takes place through varied and engaging multimedia content and the collaboration between participants from different contexts. All participants work on the same unit in the same week but there is a high level of flexibility within that time period to help you fit studying around your life and work. The interaction via forums and the other powerful digital tools built into the platform help and encourage you to share ideas, ask questions, explore concepts and build up a community.

You need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. Much of the course can be done on a mobile device, but a computer is needed for certain activities and tasks.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and an innovative social and cultural programme.

Course Leader

Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell is the Head of Training and Development for the CES Group. He is a teacher, trainer, and academic manager. He is a committee member for TDSIG in the area of Scholarly Publications and the founder and co-ordinator of the Trinity Irish Research Scheme for Teaching. He is the Chair of the English UK TD Advisory Board.

He often speaks at International events and webinars on behalf of both CES and Eaquals as well as lecturing in the ALC in UCD. He has worked in a freelance capacity for organisations such as NILE, Trinity College London, INTO, and Cengage.