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Online Learning and Teaching in Higher Education


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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Drivers to online learning

I. Social and political change
II.Technical and intellectual challenges
III.Technological and institutional change
IV.Influence of USA and Australia + Northern Europe
V.Mass Higher Education
VI.IT Skills
VII.Students' lifestyles
VIII.Part time to full time work
IX.International HE Market
X.Web / Internet growth
XI.Dearing Report/ Harris Lifelong Learning

Chapter Two: Where to begin with online learning

I.What technology is available and desirable
II.Orientating to online learning - staff preparation
III.Identifying student suitability for online learning
IV.Pre-assessment of self
V.Learning styles and online learning
VI.Role of personal tutor
VIII.Modes and levels
IX.Learning philosophies
X.Attitudes towards IT
XII.Deep and surface learning

Chapter Three: Institutional and regulatory issues

I.Assessment/ examination
IV.Online submission
V.External examination
VII.Quality assurance
VIII.Online information Sources - e.g electronic journals
X.Intellectual property
XI.Institutional checklist for learning projects

Chapter Four: Design of Online Learning Environments

I.Influence of SENDA on practice and learning
II.Technical design
III.Structuring the environment
IV.Special interest/ Subject/ professional interest
VI.Time management
VII.Replicating environments classroom activity
VIII.Structuring the environment
IX.Learning spaces
X.Learning communities
XII.Consistency of Design
XIII.Managing large groups

Chapter Five: Learning Methods

I.Distance versus blended approaches
II.Asynchronous conferences
III.Synchronous conferences
V.Video and audio
VII.Virtual classrooms
VIII.Factors restricting choice e.g. bandwidth
IX.Conclusion the challenge of meshing technology with teaching

Chapter Six: Applying online learning in Higher education

II.Seminars/small groups
III.Dissertations and projects
IV.Action learning
V.Problem based learning
VI.Workbased based learning
VII.Tutorial support
VIII.Assessment methods

Formative summary essays, exams and multiple-choice questions

About the Author

Shirley Bach
Is Head of division of graduate studies in the Institute of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Brighton. Her academic studies have focused on psychology applied to health She has extensive teaching experience in HE and has explored the potential of online learning since the mid 1990s.

Philip Haynes
From 2000-2002 he was seconded to the Learning Technology Support Unit, University of Brighton. Since 2002 he has worked in various school management roles. His previous publications include Managing Complexity in the Public Services and he has contributed to a number of journals, including Active Learning in Higher Education.

Jennifer Lewis Smith
Is head of rehabilitation and health science within the Institute of health and community studies at Bournemouth University She has a strongly established background as a clinical practitioner and educator in occupational therapy prior to leading project developments in online learning from the mid 1990s and undertaking practice based research in this area.

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