|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||23 May 2022|
Research and experiences tells us that teaching and learning in an online environment differs from teaching and learning in 'traditional' educational environments. Internet technology has created opportunities for interactive and collaborative learning that represents alternatives to traditional, autonomous approaches to learning. In addition the use of blended learning where web based technologies is infused into face-to-face learning is becoming popular in a range of educational contexts. Online learning provides a flexible approach for the learner, however for the educator the challenge is to focus on extending the theories and principles related to emerging online pedagogies.
While this course focuses on pedagogical approaches to online learning, the main objective is to connect learners with each other so that collaboratively they may explore, investigate, formulate and challenge ideas about online pedagogy in relation to pedagogical frameworks that can be applied to particular educational settings. The design of the course has been strongly influenced by Garrison, Anderson and Archer's (2000) Community of Inquiry. The skill and ability of the online facilitator is important to the success or otherwise of online and some blended learning environments, both in terms of management and facilitation of discussion. Learners will look at what makes for successful facilitation of online environments and explore strategies for engaging learners through the electronic medium. Learners will engage with current theories suitable for online learning and teaching in order to make the links between theory and practice. Learners and facilitators will work collaboratively to consider, explore, trial, and adapt online pedagogical principles in practice.
|Semester 1, 2022||Online|