Teaching online

Published: Monday 15th August 2016

Teaching Online is a content-rich online course for ACU academics who want to learn more about teaching in online and blended units.

The program provides a foundation in pedagogy, course design, teaching and the technologies used in teaching online. It is aimed at those new to teaching in the online environment, however, all staff with an interest in online teaching are welcome to undertake the program.

The program is structured around a series of modules addressing specific themes.  The flexibility of the content allows academics to complete the program at their own pace and the modules in any order, depending on their needs and preferences.   Staff may elect just to complete a module in an area they need support in, or all of the modules.  The modules include:

Mastering online pedagogy

Learn about the constructivist learning approach and about shaping the learning environment so that students can interact with learning materials, their teachers and with each other.

Designing and developing your online course

Systematically work through a simple learning design process for creating or revising an online unit and for improving unit design.

Being a successful online teacher

Learn how to host students in your LEO unit and encourage learning during the teaching period. The key tasks for you as an online teacher are to build the community and facilitate inquiry.

Using technology tools for teaching online

Helps lecturers select technology tools and discusses the appropriate tools for presenting content, communication, assessment and innovation.

How long does the program take?

Each unit has suggested timeframes for each topic based on the level of content and the number of learning activities to be completed. These are indicative timeframes only: the time you take depends on your interests, current knowledge, and engagement with the program.

Where does the program fit in with ACU professional development?

There are no prerequisites to enrol in the course.  The list below indicates where it fits in with other teaching related programs:

  1. Introduction to Learning and Teaching @ ACU
  2. Teaching Support Program
  3. Teaching Online program
  4. Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

How to enrol?

You can self-enrol in using this direct link to Teaching Online in LEO. If you need help accessing materials, for more information about doing the program, or to report any problems or broken links, please contact eLearning.LTC@acu.edu.au

More information about Teaching Online can be found at the Learning and Teaching webpage.