FLO topic baseline

Baseline guidelines

This is an overview of FLO topic baseline guidelines, showing examples of tasks that help to meet each guideline. Use the FLO baseline checklist to find out how to do each task in your FLO site.


Guideline 1: Students have access to a University-wide agreed minimum level of information in a FLO site.

This guideline refers to the minimum Web Presence in Every Topic (WebPET) and is also achieved automatically through FLO College templates, post-rollover checks and pre-semester FLO site preparation.

Examples:

  • FLO topic rollover and topic administration pre-semester checks
  • Orientate students to your FLO site
  • Organise essential non-weekly resources

Use the FLO baseline checklist to find out how to meet this guideline in your FLO site.


Guideline 2: Students participate in regular communication with teaching staff and students within FLO.

This guideline is about clarifying which online tools will be used for communication and how online communication is encouraged.

Examples:

  • Decide on the tools you will use to communicate and explain how communication will happen in your FLO site
  • Consider using an introductory activity ('ice breaker')
  • Use FLO for student peer-to-peer and group communication related to assessment
  • Provide synchronous communication opportunities

Use the FLO baseline checklist to find out how to meet this guideline in your FLO site.


Guideline 3: Students have access to topic, course and University support information in every FLO site.

This guideline prompts the inclusion of support information to help students find information at various levels of the University that can help with their studies. 

Examples:

  • Add introductory text for each module
  • Review the content in topic booklets (topic guides, study guides...)
  • Provide a clear and consistent guide for students about the required referencing style
  • Provide additional relevant support information for the topic, course or College
  • Provide specific information to support students studying fully online or off campus 

Use the FLO baseline checklist to find out how to meet this guideline in your FLO site.


Guideline 4: Students have access to assessment tasks and criteria, and receive feedback in a consistent and timely manner.

This guideline aims at supporting students to understand what is expected of them in assessment activities and encouraging a consistent approach to assessment feedback.

Examples:

  • Consider how students can collate evidence and make shareable artifacts of their learning 
  • For assessed activities, use built-in FLO tools
  • Clearly identify all assignment-related activities and resources 
  • Communicate assessment extensions, feedback and  grades via FLO

Use the FLO baseline checklist to find out how to meet this guideline in your FLO site.

Guideline 5: Students are given opportunities in FLO to participate in topic input/feedback cycles.   

This guideline aims to make the input of student feedback more visible in topic sites by increasing opportunities for students to provide feedback and understand the impact of their feedback.

Examples:

  • Maintain a cycle of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the topic 
  • Use teaching notes to provide a consistent approach across teaching teams
  • Ask students for their feedback and input into the topic
  • Use report information to analyse how students use the FLO site

Use the FLO baseline checklist to find out how to meet this guideline in your FLO site.


Guideline 6: Students can access resources in a FLO site that are inclusive, accessible and comply with legislation.

This guideline aims to raise awareness of legal obligations for online content and design for a good user experience.

Examples:

  • Use a consistent topic format
  • Use writing for the web techniques in your FLO site
  • Use strategies to support students in different time-zones and geographical locations
  • Use built-in topic layout and styling conventions and styles
  • Check that topic materials adhere to copyright and accessibility requirements

Use the FLO baseline checklist to find out how to meet this guideline in your FLO site.


Guideline 7: Students are provided with contextual information about learning activities. 

This guideline is about providing information for students that clearly explains the connection of their online activities to learning objectives.

Examples:

  • Use descriptive weekly module headings
  • Write instructional guidance for all essential activities and resources
  • Arrange resources within weekly modules consistently

Use the FLO baseline checklist to find out how to meet this guideline in your FLO site.