Managing eLearning

Well-designed and managed eLearning will support student learning and can reduce everyone’s workload.

  • eLearning should be integrated with the way unit of study is delivered (i.e., blended learning).
  • Giving students regular reasons to connect via eLearning will foster their engagement with the material and facilitate information flow.
  • Self-management of learning can be supported by eLearning and will help to develop more autonomous learners.
  • Learning communities can be fostered and supported via eLearning tools, helping students feel a sense of belonging and support.
  • Learning together with peers promotes active learning and eLearning can be a valuable tool in assisting student to student learning communities.

Why?

During semester students are busy and may fall behind in their studies. eLearning can be used to help students keep up with their studies through sharing information at relevant stages, providing self-learning modules and quizzes, and collaborative learning tasks.

Peer learning is one of the most effective ways our students learn. eLearning provides great opportunities for collaboration that is manageable for our students juggling busy lives.

Examples

  • Quizzes and surveys are a way of following students’ progress and allow for students and staff to spend learning time on topics most important for learning. These can be designed for before the class to find out what students already know or after lecture to investigate what they have understood. Attach some marks to completing them to encourage engagement and highlight their importance.
  • Mid-semester evaluations can be easily conducted using the survey function on Blackboard. Posting summaries on Blackboard and opening them up to a discussion (online or in the classroom) will support the learning experience.
  • Think about re-capping lectures by creating short digital files that students can listen to to prepare for next lecture. Giving audio feedback can also work well.
  • Maintain a discussion board to help reduce repetitive student queries on administrative and academic matters. Create a policy of not answering emails (unless they require consideration of personal issues) to set a standard. In case students do email, post the answer on the discussion board helps to maximise effective communication. Note that it is important to moderate discussion boards to make them effective – teaching staff (including tutors) or even students can be asked to do this.
  • Create a space for groups to work on Blackboard to help them achieve groupwork goals effectively and make the work transparent.
  • Peer assessment can be effectively conducted using SPARK.

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