Topic administration - shared topics

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Supporting students to successfully engage with the topic | Structuring your FLO site

This entry relates to topic administration.

A shared topic combines multiple topic availabilities into a single FLO site.  

A shared topic could be useful if you teach a topic in multiple locations or teach multiple topics with the same content (eg for different discipline areas). 

Shared topics can also enable a more social learning experience if they bring together many small groups of students or individuals.

Shared topics must be created before students have access. Contact your eLearning support team to create a shared topic. 

Guidelines for shared topics 

  • Let your students know they are participating in a shared topic site 
  • Internal and distance – the FLO site must be designed for online delivery (see the Structuring your FLO site tip sheet) 
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate – activities and assessment must be appropriate to the AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework) level of the student enrolment and clearly communicated to students to avoid any confusion 
  • Gradebook – grading can be complex in shared topics due to different SAMs. Please make sure you contact your eLearning support team for assistance with setting up the gradebook as early as possible

What do shared topics look like?

Shared sites are mostly the same as a regular FLO site, but with a couple of minor differences.


The names of shared topics are a combination of the availabilities in the shared site. The names are kept as concise as possible while still providing the same level of information. For example:

  1. PALL8441 ONC-U-S1 + ONL-FLN-S1 2022 Understanding Cancer Is a combination of the ONC-U-S1 (Bedford Park) and ONL-FLN-S1 (online) availabilities.

  2. NURS1004 ONC-U-NS1 + ONC-RV-NS1 2022 Physical Dimensions of Being Human is a combination of the ONC-U-NS1 (Bedford Park) and ONC-RV-NS1 (Riverland) availabilities.

  3. COMP9700(A-D) ONC-TON-S1 2022 Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) is a combination of COMP9700A, COMP9700B, COMP9700C and COMP9700D. All are taught at the Tonsley campus (ONC-TON-S1).

  4. AMST3013 ONC-ADL-NS1 + GOVT9004 ONC-U-S1 2022 The Alliance and the Re-Emergence of China is a combination of AMST3013 ONC-ADL-NS1 (Undergraduate, taught at Victoria Square) and GOVT9004 ONC-U-S1 2022 (Postgraduate, taught at Bedford Park)

The Student Two groups will be named differently so you can easily identify which groups belong to each availability. A group will also be created for each availability shared into the FLO site.

The student two groups for a shared FLO site are listed. The group names start with the topic code.

Statement of Assessment Methods (SAM)
While students will only see the SAM for the availability they are enrolled in, you will be able to access all of the SAMs from the SAM tool.

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