|In this topic you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of contemporary concepts regarding design in online environments. Supporting student learning by scaffolding and facilitation is a key area in the provision of a ‘quality’ educational experience in formal settings. Successful student support has a marked and positive impact on retention, progression, completion rates and overall student satisfaction – this can be even more so for students studying online. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own experience of what constitutes good design in online learning environments and consider effective practice in the support of flexible, blended and online learning offered by institutions to their own students and external learners.
Activities for all learners
Check out the suggested resources below and in Diigo. You may also conduct your own search and share resources you find useful.
In your PBL group or the open ONL152 community
Reflect on your current practice and identify how we can provide better support and scaffolding to students in online learning environments. Are there opportunities for further development in this area that you have now identified as a result of your own experiences as a learner in the ONL course and of your engagement in this topic? Comment and invite others to comment on your contribution. A reminder: If you are aiming for a certificate you need to both write reflective posts within a blog and comment on others (see how to participate).
PBL – work
For guidance on PBL group work including the FISh design please see Learning activities. Here’s this week’s scenario to consider in your PBL group.
By the end of this topic, you will have had the opportunity to
1. discuss the design of learning environments, approaches and challenges
2. reflect on supporting learners in your own practice
Wednesday 11 November, 20.00 – 21.00 (CET), see event page.
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