As part of the UOW’s remote delivery initiative, Learning, Teaching & Curriculum (LTC) developed ‘Preparing to Teach Online’ – a comprehensive self-paced online program (in Moodle) designed to support staff with their transition to online teaching.

The program, developed by LTC’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Education Specialists and Academic Development Lecturers, covers the essential elements needed to ensure a quality online learning experience for UOW’s students.

“We have deliberately designed the online modules in a way that starts with consideration of the student perspective,” said Dr Alyce Mason, Manager TEL Education Specialists leading the development team, “it features real-life student perspective videos and walks staff through the key steps for successful online teaching.”

To introduce the program, LTC delivered 80 training webinars to over 1700 UOW staff participants during the two-week session break between 23 March and 3 April 2020.

During that time the online program received over 45,000 visits as staff utilised the guides, videos, exemplars and resources it provides to assist them in preparing their subjects for remote delivery.

“When developing this resource, we drew from LTC’s March 2020 Online Teaching Survey completed by 557 UOW staff.  Using analytics from the survey and a range of other sources, we identified five key areas that align with both the support needs of UOW staff and the delivery needs of the University for online teaching and learning,” said Dr Mason. “For each of these areas Preparing to Teach Online offers an online training module that provides a clear pathway of what to do in a meaningful order, so staff can focus on the practical application of steps for transitioning and developing their subjects”.

“While the program is self-paced, we continue to invest in the social presence by contributing to Q&A Discussion Forums and regularly updating the content in response to the changing environment and staff needs.” Dr Mason said.  She noted that all the content from the webinar series is included in the online program, including short videos that replicate webinar sessions.

LTC Operations Manager, Leanne Cambridge said she was extremely pleased with the achievements of the whole LTC team, “what they have accomplished over the past few weeks is remarkable,” she said, noting that staff from multiple LTC units have provided support for the training initiatives. “As with all areas of the University, COVID-19 has changed the focus of our services and it is good to see everyone coming together to meet the challenge and support one another in these unusual times.”

The next phase of support include LTC Consultations and further development of the Preparing to Teach Online program to include a subject template site, additional modules and training resources, as well as a showcase mechanism providing staff with an opportunity to share and showcase best practice.

For all online learning and teaching questions:

Follow these 3 steps:

  1. Log-in to Moodle to access LTC- Preparing to Teach Online TRNG015_20 and check the module that relates to your question. The enrolment key/password is available on the LTC intranet site.

Still not answered?

  1. Check to see if someone has posted something in the Discussion Forum (within the Moodle site) for that particular topic. If not, create a new post.

Still require more information?

  1. Contact LTC by booking a consultation: fill in the Remote delivery advice online booking form.

If you have technical questions:

Check the IMTS knowledge base article: IT Working and Teaching Remotely FAQ.

Messages from our students

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Feedback from Staff

“I just wanted to say that the “Preparing to Teach Online” Moodle site is absolutely fantastic. It is a life-saving resource that has given shape and articulation to my online teaching plan for subjects in SMAH.  Things I’ve loved:

  • The videos showing a message from students and regarding the transition. Hearing from the students re-inspired me and re-inflated my flat tire, reigniting my energy and motivation to deliver a high-quality course and find better ways to connect with (and care for) my students online.
  • Navigation through the site is crystal clear; steps for success, objectives for each section, instructions etc. A pleasure to work through.
  • The pedagogy that is embedded throughout it. I’m drawing upon these references in my online prac handouts (pre-prac material) so students can also know and understand the value and importance of for example social presence in an online environment.

Lecture, School of Earth, Atmospheric & Life Sciences (SEALS), Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health.

Image: L-R: Murray Stace (TEL Education Specialist), Dr Alyce Mason (Manager TEL Education Specialists), Bethany Muscat (TEL Education Specialist), Dr Melinda Plumb (Academic Development Lecturer), Tim Boniface (TEL Education Specialist), Stafford Lumsden (TEL Education Specialist), Sabine Straver (TEL Education Specialist). Missing Dr Conor West (Academic Development Lecturer) and Fiona McLean (TEL Education Specialist).