This resource is an excellent tool to use:
- prior to esablishing an online learning environment
- as formative assessment regaridng delivery
- to evaluate an ROI at milestones after delivery
- enabling good questions to be asked of the right people about the right things
SO3 Are prospective students made aware of the teaching style
and course delivery approaches inherent to e-learning?
There is a fundamental shift in learner expectations that occurs when a learner moves from a face2face course, traditional delivery... into an online environment. I believe my organisation would benefit from:
- making clear that elearning is new to the organisation and to them
- they will no be penalised for systemic difficulties and in fact their contribution to growing the success of elearning will enhance their career prospects
- the notion of force-fed, hand delivered content has died and a more interactive, self-managing, self-motivated approach will be the norm
- the skills required to access learning opportunities may be new, and an investment of personal time is mandatory
inquiry-based teaching & learning?
The idea of learning through a scenario, that is work-specific, challenging, where success is measured by completion ... has always been part of my organisation. Now, the new challenge for my organisation is to develop:
- rich online scenarios that have
- opportunities for team work,
- for peer feedback and
- supervisors to correct,
- that is as challenging as real life situations,
- where life and death could be the outcome.
effectiveness of e-learning?
At this stage I am pretty sure my organisation has not considered effectiveness, has not considered what effectiveness actually means. Whether student outcomes, ROI or instructor capability are the measures, I have not seen the precise measures articulated yet. Cost effective (reduced cost and increased operational readiness) has been stated. Learning outcomes - no.
These guidelines provide a good starting point for measurement.
MD2 What guidance is available to staff for the design of student
The training development cell has a cadre of qualified, respected staff. Moving to an elearning, blended mode of delivery will require a great deal of discussion and shared learning to ensure we can:
- design assessment ouselves that are reliable and valid,
- encompassing the new tools available,
- increase collaboration and community strategies...