Topic administration - shared topics

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A shared topic combines several cohorts (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 sites, but with a couple of minor differences.

Shared sites have different names to regular FLO sites, to make it clear that the site is shared. The name starts with the word Shared, with the rest of the name varying depending on what sites have been shared. See the images below for examples.

Internal and online availability
An internal and online availability have been shared.
Two different locations
Two different locations have been shared – Bedford Park and the Riverland.
Several smaller topics
A thesis can comprise of several smaller topics, all with identical content. Sharing these availabilities reduce the number of sites that need to be managed.
Identical content
These two topics have identical content but different assessments.

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.

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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