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Principles for module presentation in online learning
Published on May 31, 2020 34 min
Other Talks in the Series: Online Learning for Business Education
Series introduction: fundamentals in online learning
- Ms. Rowena Hennigan
- Lecturer and Corporate Trainer, TU Dublin, Ireland
Hi, welcome to my talk on organising modules for online learners. My name is Sarah Jane Cashman and I'm based at Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland.
I'm going to cover several different topics over the course of this talk, and they're all focussed upon setting up your online environment to make it as accessible and engaging for learners as possible. We're going to look at visuals, how to structure your content, and how to deal with materials and content.
Jumping straight in, why is it important to organise your modules for the online learner? Why shouldn't we just pop up a folder full of lecture notes? It's probably already sitting there on your computer and it's ready to go. There are lots of reasons, but the main reason is to help learners to successfully navigate and engage in the online space, and for that, it's all about setting it up for success on day one. This means making your online space engaging, easy to use, interactive, accessible, and useful for revision. In a standard face-to-face environment, you set the sequence and all of the activities, so you have a plan going in, the way through the module is shown to the learner and it's easy for them to use. It's shown to them in the correct order, in useable formats, the relative importance of the topics becomes really clear, and if they realise that they need help to follow they can ask you in real time, so they might just put their hand up, or interrupt, or that kind of thing, or they might wait till the end of the section and then ask questions. You might look at the class and realise that they need more help on something and you react directly to that. The problem is that none of this is at all obvious in the online space. Even if you present the same information purely linearly, it won't be obvious how these things tie together or how the learner should approach it, and that's why it's so important to figure out how to organise your online space. In this unit, I'm going to explain ways to approach this, relatively easy ways in most cases. How to organise your module online to set it up for learner success. You do all of this by looking at your module from three perspectives,