PLANNING

Setting up a UOS website requires planning and consideration of the maintenance tasks your site will require. Access to the Sydney Elearning Account Management System (SEAMS) is required to create websites and add additional staff or students to your UOS website.

Sustainability

SEAMS offers you the opportunity of using the content and format of an existing site to create a new version for a subsequent session. One benefit of careful planning and management is that you can use this recycling capability of SEAMS more effectively. Information in UoS websites can be recycled across semesters, reducing your set-up workload for the semester. You can retrieve materials from any archived site for the last 5 years.

Whatever level of complexity you intend to include in your website, you will need to take some time to plan.

Consider the scenarios below:

My website provides supplemental information

  • How will you set out the information structure or information architecture (IA) of the website?
  • Where will you add new content over the course of the session?
  • Have you checked the 'preview mode' to see how the website navigation looks and works as a student?
  • Will you be evaluating the students' response to your website?

My website utilises assessment tools

  • How will the types of activities and tools you include promote achievement of your learning outcomes?
  • How much formative vs. summative assessment does your website include e.g. tests, assignments, graded discussion boards or blogs or wikis?
  • Have you organised the Grade Centre and the 'total' grade column?
  • Have you used 'Preview Mode' to see the student view of My Grades?

My website utilises interactive tools

  • How will you manage the time required to maintain the website over the session period?
  • Have you allowed the necessary time to moderate discussion boards, wikis, blogs....?
  • Have you set up groups for activities using group work or collaborative assignments?
  • How will you evaluate student satisfaction so you can improve your website going forward?

My website is a fully online unit of study

  • Have you provided an orientation to your website structure and navigation?
  • Have you provided contact details and channels through which your students can contact you?
  • How will you provide support for their learning?
  • Are you using the Performance dashboard or the Retention Centre to monitor their engagement?
  • What assessment tasks will you include and how will you link your assessment tasks to your learning objectives?
  • How will you evaluate student satisfaction with your learning activities so you can improve your website in future iterations?