IH Certificate in Online Tutoring

  • Who is it for?
    • Experienced language teachers that are interested in teaching students online
    • Qualified tutors that are interested in training teachers online
    • Teachers or tutors that are interested in designing online teaching courses (please note the course is not explicitly about course design).

    In this video, course graduate Sandy Millin shares her experience of the COLT course.

  • Aims

    To train tutors in techniques and approaches to online tutoring for both student-oriented and teacher-oriented courses on Virtual Learning Environment. The course focuses on the demands of the asynchronous environments and how this is different from face-to-face teaching.

    In this video Emma Cresswell, who has completed the COLT and is now a tutor, tells us more about what to expect from this course.


The course consists of 4 modules of different length spread out over a 5-week period. The modules include: how to get students started on an online course, the importance of establishing and sustaining a supportive community, exploring learning styles online and a comparison of face-to-face and online tutoring. Acquired skills include: dealing with reluctant students, summarising skills and adapting activities for both asynchronous and synchronous environments.

Structure & Assessment

The course is run entirely online by qualified online tutors. There are a few synchronous meetings, led by tutors and participants. They are not compulsory but you are strongly encouraged to take part in them to make the most of the course. There are also a few collaborative tasks which require you work closely with other participants.

Participants submit a course portfolio comprising of a set of compulsory tasks to be externally moderated as well as an end-of-course reflection. Course participants must make regular and relevant contributions to the online Discussion Board. The grading of the course is Pass or Fail.

Time Commitment

50 hours over 5 weeks, including online and offline work. The course is usually broken down into 5 phases with approximately 1 – 2 hours’ work per day, but the timetable is flexible.


IH staff: £180 (excluding VAT)

£216 (including VAT)

Non-IH staff: £300 (excluding VAT)

£360 (including VAT)

If the fee will be paid by a business outside of the UK, VAT can be deducted from the prices listed. Please enquire upon application.

  • 11th July – 14th August, 2015
  • 17th October – 20th November, 2015
How to Apply

This course can only be taken online via IH Online Teacher Training. Download the Application Form, fill it in and email to ttc@ihdoha.com