It goes without saying that 'going online' will require you to master new basic technical skills. It also requires some considered thought on just how you intend to add educational value through using MyLO. There is also a need to understand your copyright and intellectual property obligations if you wish to include content that is not your own.
Going online for the first time can be quite a challenge, so you will need the commitment to see it through.
You will need a basic familiarity with the Internet and the use of web browsers. (See Teaching online: Technical skills & information needed (PDF 304KB). And of course you will need to be able to use the various MyLO tools appropriate to your desired needs. The CALT offers a training program in the basics of using MyLO - Teaching Online Essentials. For details about this program, see the self paced training and workshops.
We recommend you talk to one of the CALT's educational developers, who can advise on your likely training needs. Also it's worthwhile talking to a colleague who is already using MyLO in their program.
See Going online for the range of educational (and administrative) reasons for delivering aspects of your unit via the web.
Further possible reasons can be found under What is online teaching and learning?
Explore your options as part of the Teaching Online Essentials program (PDF 58KB).
There are strict rules and obligations attached to the electronic copying and communication of material developed by others — as set out under the Digital Amendments to the Copyright Act. You need to clearly understand what you can do, and what you cannot do. For more information about your copying rights and obligations see the UTAS Copyright site.
There are two aspects to the matter of IP:
Under the UTAS Intellectual Property Policy (PDF 220KB), the University will normally assert IP ownership over teaching material developed in the course of your employment at the University.
Staff have the same obligations as students when presenting the ideas of others. See the University Policy Statement on Plagiarism and Referencing. For further details see Intellectual Property Guidelines.
The University has endorsed a set of Base QA Standards for units with an online component. These standards set out the minimum expectations for units to be centrally hosted through MyLO. A number of the matters on this web page address these Standards.
Going online for the first time can be a steep learning curve — there are new tools to master and new ways of thinking about teaching and learning to consider. Teaching with technology can be quite frustrating at times, as the technology fails to do as you would like, or fails - full stop! To get through all of this you will need commitment, and the knowledge that what you hope to achieve online is really of benefit to your students, and to yourself and is worth the effort.
The best thing to do is to talk to colleagues who have gone down this path before. We are sure they can provide the inspiration and guidance you need.
To find out more about online teaching & learning (and MyLO in particular), and what it may require, enrol in the UTAS Teaching Online Essentials (TOE) foundations workshop. For times and opportunities, see Information about the TOE program (PDF 58KB).
Authorised by the Associate Director, Service Delivery & Support
31 May, 2011