Building your learning spaces

Designing a quality learning journey that constructively aligns your intended learning outcomes, assessment and learning activities is just one part of the process. Building the environment to enable that learning journey is the other part of that process – whether that be the online learning space of Moodle, or the physical learning space of your classroom. It is essential that both students and teachers not only have the design map, but the facilities, tools, skills and supports required to enable teacher facilitation and student success in learning.

The following web pages include information, approaches and strategies to support you in bringing your learning design to fruition through understanding the importance of the learning environment, how to develop quality resources and embed resources to enable students to successfully participate in learning.

The following information can assist you with implementing the above, and support your ongoing professional development and learning needs:

Considerations for quality teaching practices

Quality teaching practices includes the development or ‘building’ of your learning journey design.  Do you know the answer to the following?

Principles of a learning environment

  • Do provide a space for your students to work alone, in collaboration, to showcase and to reflect?

Structuring online spaces

  • Is your online learning environment easy to navigate and clearly signposted to access learning?

Structuring physical spaces

  • Is your physical learning spaces conducive to interactive, collaborative learning?

Quality development practices

  • Do you have the teaching skills to create your face-to-face learning activities?
  • Do you have the technology skills to create your online learning and teaching activities?

Developing learning content

  • Are accessing the online resources already available, or reinventing the wheel?
  • Are you creating learning resources that can be used repeatedly or for multiple situations?

Embedding academic resources

  • What student academic resources do you provide your students to support their success in learning?

Embedding academic supports

  • What student academic services or supports do you link your students with to support their success in learning?

Embedding student supports

  • Embedding How do you highlight and provide access to the student support services available to your students to support their success in learning?

Achieving the BOLD learning and teaching practices

The BOLD Learning and Teaching Practices provide clear guidelines to support teaching practices for different delivery/study modes, opportunities for self-assessment and reflection on current teaching practices, and opportunities for collaborative discussion with peers and learning designers to enhance online teaching practices.  The minimum course expectations for developing a learning environment to support student success for learning are outlined in Focus Area 01, 04 & 05. View the BOLD Learning and Teaching Practices.

Focus Area 01 | Course Information & learner support

  1. Moodle site uses appropriate template
  2. Moodle site is logically organised and navigation facilities ease of use
  3. Moodle site includes the current Course Description
  4. An orientation to the course, including where to start is clearly stated.
  5. Link(s) to the following websites are included:

- Faculty/School website

- Institutional/Course policies

  1. Links to the following support resources are included:

- Institutional student support services

- Minimum information technology requirements for studying online

- Obtain information technology help

Focus Area 04 | Learning resources

4.1 Learning resources are aligned to course learning outcomes/standards

4.2 The distinction between required and optional learning resources is clearly stated.

4.3 Learning resources are suited to the appropriate delivery mode.

4.4 Teacher generated videos are uploaded to or created and stored in Kaltura and linked to via Moodle.

4.5 Library and open educational resources are used appropriately

4.6 Learning resources are logically structured and sequenced.

4.7 Learning resources cater for a range of learner abilities

4.8 Learning resources comply with copyright and accessibility legislation.

4.9 Learning materials are updated to ensure currency and relevance.

Focus Area 05 | Student process, assessment and feedback

5.8 Instructions for completing and submitting assessment are clearly stated.

5.9 All written assessments are submitted online, except invigilated exams.

Professional development opportunities

CTIQ offers the following ongoing professional development opportunities to support teaching staff with the development of their learning and teaching spaces:

  • L&T Webinars – Virtual | Quarterly. Check out the virtual webinars offered throughout the year to support online and blended development practices.
  • L&T Workshops – Virtual or face-to-face | On request. Workshops can be organised for your School or Discipline to address your specific online and blended development needs. View the School specific PD ‘menu’ for some examples. Contact your Associate Dean of Teaching Quality or School/CTIQ Learning Designer to see what is, or can be, organised for delivery in your area.
  • Learning Technology Hub - Online | Just-in-time. Information on how to use a range of functions within supported learning technologies to set up and enhance your online learning and teaching space.
  • Professional Learning Modules – Online | self-paced | certificate issued on completion. Currently no modules available. Modules are under development.