Using online activities, you can progress students' learning, prepare them for formal assessment tasks and undertake assessment. Conducting learning activities online gives students flexibility as to when and where they will undertake learning and be assessed. This supports the development of their independent learning skills.

Why use a group task?

A group task can be a valuable learning experience.

  • Students can learn a lot from each other.
  • Group tasks can produce broader and deeper learning outcomes for individual students.
  • Working in teams is an essential skill in many work contexts.

If you overload students with more learning activities than they can complete in the time available, you cause them great stress and can affect the quality of their learning.

The time each student needs to spend on the various components of your course will vary according to their entry level knowledge and skills. How much previous study and experience they have, whether English is their first language, their technology skills and learning styles all affect how quickly students can complete a given learning activity.

When planning course resources

When planning course resources, consider:

It is helpful to create a map or plan of your course for both face-to-face sessions and online learning activities. This map is useful in planning your teaching, as well as helping students to understand the structure of the semester’s learning activities. It will also inform the Teaching Strategies section of your Course Outline.

Your plan can be structured in different ways. One common approach is to map the resources/ activities/ assessments/ administration tasks against each week of the semester.

What are learning outcomes?

Learning outcomes are the outcomes you plan for your students to achieve by the end of your course. When you write learning outcomes,  keep their focus on the actions of the students. Include content-based, cognitive (understanding and attitudinal) and application (skills-based) outcomes.

The outcomes will be articulated in the Course Outline (see Course Outline Template) but should be reviewed before each course offering.

For more information on learning outcomes, see the following pages:

It's critical to the success of your online course for your students to see the value that the online site adds to their learning. For blended courses (courses where your students are attending face-to-face classes as well as completing an online component), think about how the online environment can best  meet their needs. You might consider questions such as:

Resources on this website that assist markers:

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