Teaching online guidebook

About this guidebook

If you decide to use this book in your topic create a hyperlink to it (URL) and hide it – this means that students won't be able to see it but users with a Teacher or Tutor role will. 

Image courtesy of Robert S Donovan https://www.flickr.com/people/booleansplit/Use this FLO book as your main reference point for teaching online. Revisit it to refresh your memory about your role as an online teacher.

Where relevant, a 'How to' section links you to technical instructions for the activity/tool you and your students will be using.

Teacher/tutor support

Teaching notes

You may want to add teaching notes and/or a tutor guide to the topic (hidden from students) so teachers/tutors can administer activities/teach into the topic. These notes may be useful if there is a large teaching team, to keep everyone on track with processes and teaching approaches. Teachers can check these these notes at the beginning of each week (or earlier) and use them as a support resource for teaching in the topic (especially useful if teachers are new to the topic). They could be tailored according to 'just in time' and other online events/cues.

Your active teaching applied to/recorded in the notes will make them a rich resource for sharing with present and future teaching staff in the topic. 

Staff-only forum
To get feedback from teachers/tutors in the topic, set up a staff-only forum (hidden from students) so that just-in-time observations can be posted and the topic adjusted either this iteration or next iteration.

Teachers/tutors might contribute observations specific to the content and students' experiences in the topic right now, in an evaluate the topic as you go approach. For example, they might:

  •  notice a particular problem with content that keeps recurring and may require scaffolding in future topic development 
  • notice a content gap
  • think of a useful tip for teaching that week
  • think of a useful activity that scaffolds or extends the scope for that week.

Learning and teaching principles

Flinders University Learning and teaching principles underpin curriculum design and inform the Educational Quality Framework. They are Annex A of the framework (scroll up to see information about the framework's purpose, the policy statement, quality in curriculum design and teaching, and measurement and evaluation). This guidebook supports the practice of these principles.