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Week 3 Understanding online learning


How does an institution get started with online education? This week, you will look at some of the principles that underpin effective online teaching, and how learning theories can inform approaches to online provision. Following this, you will be introduced to a categorisation of the technologies used in online teaching and learning. Pulling all of this together should enable you to plan for learning and teaching facilitated by technology.

Practitioner reflections

The week begins with a clip from Leanne, who talks about some of the tools and concepts she has found useful in her teaching. In it, she refers to ‘learning objects’, by which she means the different elements of her online teaching. As you watch the video, or read the transcript, make a note of the different types of work Leanne has to do in order to take her teaching online, and consider in each case how other professionals could help her to complete these tasks.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • find, evaluate, manage, curate, organise and share digital content for learning, teaching and assessment;
  • share learning and teaching materials and resources on appropriate digital sites and networks;
  • understand some of the key principles of online teaching;
  • relate theories of learning to strategies that can be used to enhance learning online.