WHAT IS THE LEARNING SERIES ‘CHANNEL’?
The Learning (about teaching online) Series is practical and developmental. The focus here is on systematically acquiring the skills to become an accredited online practitioner. The articles have been developed for, or by, practising educators involved in professional development courses about teaching in higher education. Each article has undergone peer review and academic quality checking.
Articles deal in various ways with topics that promote professional development in online learning and teaching. We group articles into three levels of expertise across four topics.
Each article covers one, or a combination, of the following perspectives:
- Digital Literacy or ‘Digacy’: the development of the baseline skills needed to teach online
- Best Practice: the pedagogy of delivering to learners who are online
- Skills Audits: the practical skills needed for e-learning, e-teaching and e-assessing
- Theory Audits: the theoretical frameworks for and about e-teaching
If you’re completely new to online teaching and don’t know where to start, you can find a wealth of useful guides, tips and resources here. These articles will get you started designing online content that offers all the benefits of virtual learning to get students online and to keep them learning online.
Applying Learning Technologies
Articles here focus on using applications for teaching, learning and assessment, and the use of social media and other open educational resources for blended and online learning, teaching and assessment . Some of the things we consider are;
- how are these technologies are used in higher and further education and
- which are the best ones to use.
- the benefits and challenges of using these technologies for teaching and learning
Web-based Learning and Teaching
Articles in this section are about the design and implementation of teaching, learning and assessment within managed learning environments (MLE) using learning management systems (LMS) like Blackboard and Moodle. The relationship between face to face activities and online activities in blended synchronous and asynchronous learning. The articles cover such:
- How to design effective online learning which engages and teaches learners how to learn
- The range benefits and challenges of online assessment
- How to get, and keep, online learners online
Facilitating Online Learning
These articles help you create authentic learning activities in virtual teaching environments. All forms of flexible teaching and learning – synchronous or asynchronous, distance or blended. The aspects considered in this ‘channel’include:
- Facilitating learning processes in a virtual learning environment to engage and motivate learners
- Synchronous and asynchronous learner support and learning
- How to integrate open educational resources, social media and reusable learning objects within a formal learning management system.
Just starting online learning, teaching and assessment? Failing to understand online learning from the point of view of the student user is often the reason why online courses fail. The beginner levels in the Learning Series assist you in acquiring online learning skills and knowledge from the perspective of an online learner. These articles assume no previous experience with the topic or technology. They are also designed to bring educators of whatever level up to date in a fast developing and changing field of expertise. This is also where you come to try something new, to get started with a different way of doing something or, even, to bring yourself up-to-date on basic concepts.
These articles are aimed at those who are taking things a step further, who may have already worked with the topic and now want to achieve more. Some prior experience is usually required, but only enough to know that you want to do more.
These articles are for those who are confidently using a particular technology or working in a given area of e-learning. More complex technology or applied e-learning methods and theory are covered.
Developing Digital Literacy for Teaching Online, Applying Learning Technologies, Web-based Learning and Teaching or Facilitating Online Learning.