LEO Guides

Communication design 1

All communication within LEO, amongst staff and students, is intentionally designed to support learning and teaching and to facilitate high achievement of the unit learning outcomes.

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LEO offers a range of different interaction tools which should be used intentionally to support high quality learning and teaching.

  • Communication strategies and tools are selected which are appropriate for the delivery mode of the unit.
  • Learning activities in the LEO unit are designed to facilitate progression towards higher-order thinking via student-student and student-staff interaction.
  • The communication strategies selected (synchronous and asynchronous) are appropriate for, and support the priorities of, various student populations within units.

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Staff should understand that an active presence in their LEO unit is essential to student achievement.

  • Staff provide a timely response to student enquiries and provision of feedback.
  • Staff create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere at the start of the unit.
  • Staff are committed to actively monitoring how students are engaging in the unit. Staff foster student engagement with the unit and the material.
  • Staff involved in delivering the unit are clearly identified in terms of their roles and responsibilities.
  • Staff take an active and leading role in facilitating online discussions.

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Teacher-to-teacher communication is vital to ensure effective delivery of a unit and to create a consistent learning experience for students, regardless of campus and delivery mode.

  • Staff provide a timely response to student inquires and provision of feedback.
  • Staff create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere at the start of the unit.
  • Staff are committed to actively monitoring how students are engaging in the unit. Staff foster student engagement with the unit and the material.
  • Staff involved in delivering the unit are clearly identified in terms of their roles and responsibilities.
  • Staff take an active and leading role in facilitating online discussions.

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Staff and students have a shared responsibility to be respectful in all online interactions.

  • Staff and students should be sensitive to different viewpoints and alternative perspectives.
  • Staff should model respectful behaviours for students at all times.

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Staff  and students are encourages to integrate social media into learning and  teaching, where the use of social media is aligned to ACU's social media  policy and its use supports the instructional aims of the uni

    • Staff and students should ensure  they are familiar with ACU's social media policy prior to using social  media as a teaching and learning tool in their unit.
    • When  selecting social media tools for use in a unit, staff should be mindful  of the particular tools students prefer to use. Where a tool is  unfamiliar to the student(s), staff provide or refer the student(s) to  adequate learner support resources for that social media tool and  support student(s) during the unit in the use of the too.
    • Staff  should allow students to opt out or participating in any non-assessed  social media interactions and if opting out, the student should not be  at any disadvantage in terms of achievement in the unit.
    • The  social media tool selected by staff should be one that is appropriate  for students with a device of average capability and speed, and is brand  agnostic.

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