teaching

The process of designing blended and online courses is covered in this section of the site.

Using other people's work in your course

Original works and other subject matter are automatically given copyright protections under Australian law. Copyright law is intended to provide a balance between rewarding creators for the use of their works and allowing users reasonable access to those works.

When setting up your online content, make it accessible for all people. Ensure that students using assistive technologies can access all the learning materials you include in a course. For maximum accessibility of your material to students of all degrees of ability, including those with a sensory or cognitive disability, keep all elements of your online course simple, concise and consistent within the course.

Pages that will help you create your Moodle course structure:

When to review your design

Review your online course design at several points to ensure that it is achieving the desired outcomes. The Design Review Checklist on this page is a basic reviewing tool, but we advise you to carry out additional student testing of your site before you make it available to all your students.

Some key stages when you should review your course design are:

If you are not organised and clear about your expectations, your online teaching can take up a lot of your time.  Here are some strategies that will help you control the amount of time you spend online.

Your students value highly any feedback you give them on work completed throughout the course. Feedback should be constructive, meaningful and timely if it is to be useful, but the less time you have available, the less likely it is that you will be able to respond with such good quality feedback. Learning management system tools can help you deliver comprehensive feedback and save time.

One of the advantages of having an online course site is that you can better organise your communications with students—and save time.  By putting announcements and other types of messages on the site for your students, you avoid having to repeat messages to students individually.

Many of your students may be new to online learning. They will need information and orientation to make effective use of the Moodle or other online site. Your students will need to be able to:

Creating an activity online does not in itself ensure student participation. Students need to see the value in participating, to be motivated to join in online. Most commonly this means:

  • integrating the activity well into the course learning, either to support an assessed activity, or as a formal assessment task itself, or
  • assessing participation in the activity, that is, awarding a percentage of final marks for online participation.

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