Discrete features of online learning designs

When online learning experiences are planned, there are three discrete elements that need to be addressed (refer to the diagram below. These are:

  1. Learning task(s) - the contexts, processes and conditions by which the learner is engaged and immersed within a learning setting and led to digest information, practise, apply, think and reflect.
  2. Learning resources - the materials containing the information, content and underpinning knowledge the learner needs to acquire or develop a strong familiarity with.
  3. Learning supports - the strategies and processes that assist the learner to work beyond their comfort zone which scaffolds and provides feedback, advice and provides support for reflection.

In face-to-face teaching, teachers often make many decisions and judgements in relation to resources and supports in real-time. In online settings, these need to be planned and developed as part of the learning design process.

Elements of online learning settings

Elements of online learning settings
Oliver, R (1999). Exploring strategies for online teaching and learning. Distance Education, 20(2), 240-254. Back Next