Online Academic Practice

Through consultation with non-university higher education providers (NU-HEPs) and practitioners, HELI has identified that the non-university higher education sector is currently poorly served in terms of professional development of its staff, both academic and non-academic.

To fill this knowledge gap HELI is currently developing online courses to provide professional development opportunities for staff working, or considering working, in the non-university higher education sector.

The first of these online courses to be released, Online Academic Practice, is aimed at academic staff who have been tasked with, or are considering delivering higher education courses online but may have received little or no formal training.

Applications are now open for our next course which starts on 14th August. ENROL NOW through the online application form below.

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1. WHO SHOULD UNDERTAKE THIS COURSE

The Online Academic Practice course is designed for educators working in the tertiary education sector. As participants will be exploring their own teaching practices and contexts, it is desirable that they are engaged in, or have some experience in tertiary teaching in some way.

2. COURSE AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course aims to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand the advantages and limitations of an online learning and teaching environment, and how to implement good practice.

Participants will be able to critically identify and evaluate online success factors depending on the needs of different stakeholders. Furthermore, participants will learn how to develop and implement an online delivery model for a typical HEP. 

3. COURSE TOPICS

The course will cover a range of engaging topics that include:

  • From face-to-face teaching to a digital campus
  • The characteristics of online student cohorts
  • Social constructivism versus direct instruction
  • Engaging and supporting students online
  • Developing online units
  • Quality management in an online environment
  • The role of a lecturer/facilitator and the HEP in an online environment

4. COURSE DURATION AND ASSESSMENT

The course is delivered online over 10 weeks, which includes 9 weeks of structured online activities and 1 week for finalising and submitting assessments.

Each week will involve 4 hours of scheduled activities. Participants who wish to complete the assessments and gain a Certificate of Achievement will need to invest in some additional hours towards personal study and assessment preparation each week.

For those participants interested in completing the assessments for this course, they will include:

  • An Online Quiz composed of a mix of multiple choice and short answer questions.
  • A Group Presentation whereby small groups of participants will each present their solution to a problem-based case study and also peer review the presentation of other small groups.
  • A Strategy Paper for consideration by a HEP’s corporate governing body on how to implement online learning and teaching in a HEP (or other tertiary education provider).

5. CERTIFICATION

Participants who undertake this course will receive a Certificate of Participation. Participants who choose to complete the assessment tasks for this course, and do so successfully, will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

6. COURSE FEE

The fee for this course is $990 (including GST). There are no other fees associated with undertaking this course.

7. COURSE FACILITATOR

The facilitator for this course is Dr Steffen Zorn. Although originally from Germany, Steffen decided to call Australia home after completing his PhD here. Steffen has worked for a number of Australian universities including UWA, Curtin, ECU and Swinburne Online. Steffen brings his passion for best practice delivery of online education to this course.

8. FURTHER STUDY

Participants who complete this course and successfully undertake the required assessment tasks may be able to gain credit for prior learning into an accredited higher education course.

9. FURTHER INFORMATION AND APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

If you have any questions about this course please feel free to contact us at: pd@heli.edu.au with your preferred contact details and we will get back to you as soon as practical.

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