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.

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.

Developing Graduate Capabilities

Kevin Forde (Medicine) talks about embedding graduate capabilities development in a course.

Developing graduate capabilities - Kevin Forde

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: