Core elements

Fundamentally, these models need to be underpinned by the following core elements:

  • adherence to academic standards and quality regulations;
  • learning and teaching materials aligned to learning outcomes, activities and assessment;
  • a consistent and accessible learning environment;
  • a supportive learning environment underpinned by effective communication practices;
  • a flexible approach to learning.

In practice the online student may be engaged through techniques such as:

  • regular communications with their lecturer;
  • lectures / discussions that contain a voice [audio] – augmented presentation as currently offered by the traditional face to face lecture;
  • opportunities to discuss issues with fellow class members;
  • timely, informative and appropriate feedback;
  • well-structured, logically sequenced learning with clear and obvious navigation;
  • clearly set out expectations;
  • a range of appropriate tools that allow the task to be completed as required;
  • regular opportunities to track learner progress [e.g. formative assessment].
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