Saturday, March 14, 2020

Designing in an On-line Learning Option

One of the benefits of computers in education is that this makes distance education a richer experience and feasible for more students. It also can remove the need for special provisions for when some, or all, students cannot get to campus, such as in the current COVID-19 Coronavirus emergency.

Pictographs by
Carlos Sarmento

from the Noun Project
(CC BY 3.0 US).
In 2017 I suggested that Canberra's universities should provide for e-learning, as the large number of international students could be prevented from coming to campus at short notice. Since then I have been designing courses to be delivered on-line, with classroom activities added for those students who can get to campus. I discuss this in my book "Digital Teaching In Higher Education" (2017):



Wall mounted LCD screens and desks on wheels at ANU Marie Reay Teaching Centre
Wall mounted LCD screens
& desks on wheels at
ANU Marie Reay Teaching Centre
An example is the "Learning to Reflect" module for Australian National University computer project management students. This has an e-book, videos, online quizzes, and online student forums. There is also provision for face-to-face workshops. But in the current circumstances, it seems likely these will be switched to online as well. There is no need to chnage the course content, or assessment processes, as they are all already online.

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