EDUC 5406EX - Online Learning Design, Assessment & Evaluation

External - Semester 1 - 2015

This course incorporates online instructional design considerations which take into account learning styles and a constructivist, student-centred approach to higher order learning, as well as current research and development in scenario-based learning, online roleplay simulations and virtual classrooms. It also includes strategies on making assessment part of the learning process and promotion of learning through effective online assessment including collaboration, groupwork, discussion boards, exemplars and rubrics. Strategies for the evaluation of the impact of the online course design and assessment on student learning will provide a guide for design.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 5406EX
    Course Online Learning Design, Assessment & Evaluation
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s External
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 12 hours per week wholly online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Reflective activities, online participation, peer review, and the development of an e-assessment task.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Edward Palmer

    Edward Palmer
    Work Phone 83136036
    Office Location Room 6.23 Nexus 10
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Week 1: Introductions
    Week 2: Evaluation 1
    Week 3: Evaluation 2
    Week 4: Evaluation presentations
    Week 5: MOOCs
    Week 6: Flipped Classrooms
    Week 7: Design using ADDIE
    Week 8: Pedagogy of Online Design
    Week 9: Games in Education
    Week 10: LAMs
    Week 11: eAssessment
    Week 12: eAssessment 2

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    By the time you finish this course you should be able to:
    1. Review and implement relevant and current resources on Instructional System Design (ISD) for Online Education
    2. Examine common learning theories and give an overview of their strengths and weaknesses
    3. Explain how learning styles should impact your teaching.
    4. Write Learning Outcomes for your courses
    5. Define the instructional design methodology of simulations, gaming and scenario-based learning and identify how you could use these models of ISD.
    6. Describe strategies on how to make assessment part of the learning process and increase the assessment’s effectiveness by use of interactivity, collaboration, groupwork, self and peer assessment, discussion boards and rubrics
    7. Construct an effective evaluation of your course design.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 2,3,6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,5,7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4,6,7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3,7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All resources are available online
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Fully online course

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload for this course is for a complete 3 point course. 156 hours for the semester. Virtual classes will beheld 1-2 times per week (non-compulsory but highly beneficial). Recordings of classes will be available
    Learning Activities Summary
    Virtual Classes
    Discussion Forums

    Specific Course Requirements
    Please check that your learning device is set up such that it will handle the requirements listed below. This will ensure you will have an opportunity to fully participate in this course.
    If you are an Adelaide University staff member and your office computer complies with the standard operating environment specs you are in a good position to meet most of the requirements, at least in terms of hardware.

    Note: It is important to remember that adding new capabilities to your existing computer may have some lead time I.e forms to fill in, help desk requests, installations etc) so please set about doing this in good time.

    The requirements are outlined below:
    Access to MyUni (Blackboard learning management System)
    Virtual Classroom (online service)
    1. Headset (mic and ear phones). Avoid using the PC speakers as these produce feedback into the mic and this disturbs other participants.
    2. A broadband internet connection is not essential but is recommended.
    Journal tool (online service) - included in MyUni
    Wiki tool (online service) - included in MyUni
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The course design assignment will be developed around small group discovery sessions where studetns will research their course design and share it with the class with an experienced lecturer
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assignment 1: Evaluation of Online Courses (40%),
    You are required to choose an evaluation framework useful for online learning courses and use it to evaluate a LAMs course offered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and one other course of your choice.
    Due date 1: Choose your evaluation framework and report on why you have selected it (500 words, 15%)
    Due date 2: Use your evaluation framework to report on a LAMS course and an online course of your choice (1500 words, 25%)

    Assignment 2: Course Design Exercise (60%),
    You are required to develop an online course
    The course will have at least two assessments, neither of which can count for more than 70% of the overall mark
    The course will be address relevant graduate attributes and will have an approprite framework for instruction, use appropriate tools and be supported by the literature.
    The outcome will be the course itself and a report, in whatever format you choose, but equivalent to 2000 words describing the course and the methodologies used to develop it. (45%)

    There will be substantial small group discovery time available in the virtual classrooms to assist in this assignment

    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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