The planning phase forms the foundation of the unit design process
The TEL pedagogy principles described below, provide a framework of how you could formulate learning and assessment activities that aligns to the learning outcomes.
The design of TEL environments starts with the consideration of pedagogical principles. While you are reviewing the following principles, reflect on how these principles might be applied in your current teaching practices and how they might be employed in a technology-rich learning environment.
TEL Principle 1: Students with disabilities are supported effectively
TEL Principle 2: Students have a choice in how they learn
TEL Principle 4: Learning is designed to leverage from a student’s work and life experience
TEL Principle 5: Optimise learning opportunities and minimize user experience challenges
TEL Principle 6: Students are supported through their learning journey
TEL Principle 7: Students develop capability as they advance through their course learning prepares students for success
Plan for student engagement
Student engagement doesn’t happen by chance. You need to, and should plan for it. It is important to get students engaged at the very beginning in order to manage their engagement and expectations in a TEL environment
The students’ experience in the first few weeks of a course will set the tone for whether they continue to engage in future, or not. Think about how you can drive student engagement by your presence in the TEL environment.
Below are a few ideas to get you started:
Effective student learning occurs when knowledge is constructed through a process of reflection and collaboration in social learning environments. The emphasis on the importance of reflection and the role of social learning environments in student learning derives from theorists such as Dewey, Piaget and Vygotsky.
The Quality Matters (QM) Rubric is organised into general and specific standards, see below. Use the Rubric a guiding framework when designing units and when considering how different elements of the unit will work together to ensure and enhance student learning.
QM General Standards:
Standard 1: Overview and information to introduce students to the unit
Standard 2: Alignment between measurable learning outcomes and activities
Standard 3: Focusses on assessment of learning
Standard 4: Promotes alignment of instructional materials to learning outcomes
Standard 5: Focusses on active learning engagement
Standard 6: Appropriate use of technology to support learning
Standard 7: Explicit learner support
Standard 8: Accessibility and usability
Please use the following plan as a tool to help you reflect on how you can apply these principles in your unit.
View the Specific Review Standards from the QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition at the Quality Matters website.
Teaching staff guide to setting up a vUWS site
A visual guide to the timeline and available resources when setting up a vUWS site.
WHERE TO NEXT?
Once you have your blueprint for the TEL environment, let’s move onto the Design phase.