Before you get underway with teaching online it is important to first consider what your requirements are. That is, what are the key things you will need to develop, and facilitate in your online teaching. Some of these are logical and hardly need a mention; however there are some requirements that are hidden and are often overlooked.
Understanding and clearly defining the scope of your online teaching will make the whole process much easier to manage. To consider your scope see About using MyLO for teaching & learning online which discusses 3 models of online teaching, each with its own scope.
Once you have an idea of your scope, defining your requirements (below) should flow more easily.
Basic computer requirements for online unit development:
Software options for more advanced content development
High end development — such as audio, video and multimedia production will need special consideration. Please contact an CALT educational developer for assistance.
Please note that some software is already available on UTAS computers, or can be purchased on an economical license basis from Information Technology Services. Other software may be available as academic versions at a reduced cost.
Time is usually the most significant factor in the development and facilitation of teaching online. This is particularly true for first-time developers who are often surprised at how much time is required. Getting advice and setting realistic timeframes is therefore crucial before you embark on your development. Some tips here are:
Authorised by the Associate Director, Service Delivery & Support
31 May, 2011