Online/blended teaching

Why do you need to think about your online teaching practices?

Online and blended courses not only change how content is delivered, they also redefine traditional educational roles and provide different opportunities for learning. The significance for teaching equity groups, such as low socioeconomic status (LSES) students, is evidenced in recent research findings that emphasise:

‘… the role of technology in facilitating the success of students from LSES backgrounds in Australian higher education.  It shows that within the theme of providing flexibility, variety and choice for students from LSES backgrounds who are often time poor, using a range of resources and media, facilitating interactive and connected learning, enabling personalised learning and assuring high academic standards are important contributors to student success’.

Marica Devlin and Jade McKay (2016, p. 101)

Build inclusive online learning graphic

Key tips to building inclusive online learning

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For more detailed information see below: How do you make the online learning experience inclusive

The following sections provide some examples from Deakin academics of what is possible in the virtual learning environment and key tips to keep in mind when designing and teaching your online students. We highly recommend you also read Cathy Stone’s (2016) National guidelines: opportunity for online learning (PDF 1.11MB), which includes practical suggestions on how to implement these guidelines in your teaching practice.
To provide an inclusive learning experience for all students, teachers must be trained not only to use the technology but also to shift the ways in which they organise and deliver material to ensure accessibility (technical design) and usability (user interface design). This requires understanding, identifying, and addressing potential barriers to student learning and engagement that may occur in the virtual environment.


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