Good practice guides and tip sheets have been developed to support quality in both curriculum design and teaching practice. Good practice guides provide
a pedagogical overview and tip sheets provide you with practical strategies and ideas for implementation. Links to topic administration-related resources are provided below.
Course sites are like any other FLO sites, allowing you to share information and create interaction, except they are not controlled by the University timetable. This allows you to determine who has access and for how long. They can be used to facilitate
the sharing of information and collaboration between groups residing outside of a single topic. The following steps are necessary when thinking about using course sites:
When designing a course site, it is crucial to think about the site’s purpose and audience before you request it. Planning will determine the site’s structure/content and ultimate success. You may want to have a conversation with your local eLearning support team.
Some of the advantages of using course sites are:
Streamlining shared resources (one-stop-shop for teaching resources, forms, etc.)
Orientation/induction (course perspective)
Opportunity for students to ‘meet’ other students across years/disciplines and work collaboratively on projects outside the scope of their topic
Networking in a profession/the University (e.g. mentoring, student societies)
You may also consider adding a course site welcome video which help your students connect with their course coordinators and provide a more personalised approach to the site. Below you can find an example of a short welcome video
for the Bachelor of Criminology course site.
4. Evaluate the site (post set up)
If you are a site administrator, you will want to evaluate the site’s usage on a regular basis (e.g. twice per year). Some suggested approaches are:
Seek feedback from your target audience – you could use the feedback activity for this purpose, and post an announcement (this
post will go to everyone enrolled in the site) to encourage users to provide feedback
Review forums for common questions or points of discussion (how can FAQs be useful for future years?)