There are many different ways to 'go online', so 'going online' can mean quite different things to different people. For example, going online can mean:
At the level of a subject/unit, there are three general models of online engagement:
[See MyLO at UTAS for an overview of these three models of engagement.]
No matter what general model is followed, there is a range of possible web tools to incorporate within your online unit. Some units may only use a few of the tools available; others much more. Which tools you use will be determined by the purposes for which you are going online. Clarifying those purpose(s) will assist you in choosing the right tools for the job. It's a good idea to discuss your needs and intentions with an experienced colleague or educational developer/designer.
Remember, there is no one 'right' way to go online, or one 'right' set of tools to use—it all hinges on the purpose(s) you have for going online. Hopefully, those purposes are both educational as well as administrative, and about 'adding value' to the student experience.
Going online can provide both you and your students with greater flexibility in teaching and learning, and generally add value to your classroom teaching. It allows you and your students to do things more effectively or differently. Going online can:
Importantly, online unit delivery is one powerful way to introduce more student — centred learning — where students are given greater control over, and responsibility for, their own learning. It allows teaching staff to move away from a focus on presenting information to a more supportive or facilitative function.
Here then are 10 reasons for going online (PDF 86KB)
Before deciding to go online, you should consider the following:
University of Tasmania online units are password protected. You should seek permission to access a site from the unit coordinator – for contact details, see Current units online. MyLO support in IT Services can then arrange for your access.
Authorised by the Associate Director, Service Delivery & Support
31 May, 2011