Transmodal delivery involves the provision of course content through a resource-based learning package, supplemented by selected interactive teaching support activities using communication technologies or face-to-face sessions.
Transmodal delivery enables all students to access core content in a variety of formats consolidated onto a single CD and supplemented with teaching support activities specifically designed for the particular course, program or discipline, and delivery context (e.g. Fraser Coast).
Key Components of Transmodal Delivery
A common resource-based learning package on CD for all students
The resource-based learning package on CD is the same for all students whether enrolled on campus or off campus. It can include any or all of the following: introductory materials, study guide, essential readings, power point presentations, audio and video files, other multimedia applications and simulations, software, reference lists and links to online systems via USQConnect.
Student access to interactive teaching support activities
In addition to receiving the CD of resource materials, what varies for students is their access to a combination of interactive teaching support activities available. For example:
On-campus students can access face-to-face sessions (lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratories etc) and online discussion forums.
Remotely located off campus students can access support activities such as online discussion forums and teleconferences.
Selected groups of international students could receive various combinations of teaching support as listed above, possibility supplemented by local face-to-face tutoring through licensed agents etc.
Flexibility between courses and programs according to discipline
There is no single form of transmodal delivery for all programs and delivery contexts. In fact, there can be various forms of transmodal delivery for courses and programs within different disciplines, but the core content of the resource-based learning package on CD remains the same for all students within a course offering.
Extended use of the features available on learning management systems
The resource-based learning package on CD becomes more powerful when used in conjunction with USQ online systems. All learning management systems used by USQ provide for online discussion forums and USQ teaching staff now have the option to utilise this functionality in their courses. Additional content and resources can also be released to students throughout the semester if using the USQStudyDesk.
Systematic phased development
Naturally, the move to transmodal delivery will take place gradually over a number of years, entailing systematic phased implementation based on collaborative planning with ongoing opportunities for input from all staff involved as the concept continues to develop.