Currently, various innovative uses of synchronous or asynchronous learning platforms to stretch the boundaries of traditional courses have been adopted for inservice teacher training. This paper aims to report a web-based distance learning course for teachers of secondary and primary schools in remote areas in Taiwan. Fifty-eight in-service teachers who teach different subjects participated in a four-week course on English reading strategies. Three reading texts were selected. For each text, video-based instruction was provided, followed by exercises and homework. The participants were required to participate in online discussions. The participants’ social presence in the forum was investigated. Based on the findings, implications for teacher training were presented.