Stephen Bright:: dream bazaar - Online course design basics
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11 January 2013
Stephen Bright: Online course design basics
The University of Waikato is a smallish New Zealand university with approx. 650 academic staff and approximately 13,000 students. While there is an established history of distance education in some faculties (notably education) the implemenation of online learning activities to supplement FTF lectures and/or deliver to remote students is patchy in the rest of the university faculties.
There is no strategic plan for initiating elearning development - still a reliance on enthusiasts and early adopters/innovators to provide momentum for elearning developments.
There are no formal PD requirements for any lecturer who is new to teaching online. Whether they come to the notice of the support unit WCEL (Waikato Centre for eLearning) seems to be fairly random and serendipitous.
New staff are either recommended to enrol or automatically enrolled on this online course and are required to do it before they commence teaching online.
The pedagogical approach is constructivist with the main delivery using the Universities' current LMS (Moodle 2.2) as well as supplementary activities using some WEb 2.0 tools such as Nanogong/scoop.it Grockit answers, Vialogues and Voicethread.
01:29 on 11 January 2013