Semester 2 - Online
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This subject provides an introduction to the guiding principles of effective teaching for learning in blended and online environments. It begins by reviewing the general principles of designing for learning, and then moves to the online context to consider what it means to become an online teacher and how the community of inquiry framework can be applied to develop teaching, cognitive and social presence. The subject continues with a critical analysis of the key elements of effective, student-centred approaches in blended and online learning environments, including the flipped classroom, the design and facilitation of learning tasks (i.e., inquiry projects, role-play simulations, peer collaboration), discussion board activities, feedback and assessment.
The subject is evidence based, drawing on published research in the field, and also provides opportunities for participants to apply learnt skills by writing a proposal for, and creating a LMS mock-up of, a blended or fully online unit to use in their particular teaching and learning context. The subject is based around forming a Community of Inquiry (COI) exploring the Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning (SoTEL) to inform online learning design using a Design-Based Research (DBR) methodology.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the guiding principles of effective teaching for learning in blended and online environments, including the pivotal research informing these principles;
- Apply these principles to the design and development of best practice units or programs, within specific disciplinary contexts;
- Critically analyse and appraise key elements of student-centred approaches in blended and online learning environments.
On completing this subject, participants should be able to:
- Critically analyse theories and principles and apply them appropriately to a range of contexts;
- Present material in a clear, organised, stimulating and engaging way;
- Reflect upon and analyse the effectiveness of their activities; and
- Work constructively with peers to evaluate and support one another's work.
Last updated: 10 November 2023