Online Delivery Policy

Status


Last reviewed
Tue, 02 February 2016

To outline the policy for the delivery of teaching and learning via any online mechanism.

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visibility
Approved on: 11 Dec 2014
Review cycle: 1 Year
Owned by

Learning, Teaching and Research Committee

Approved by

Academic Board

Policy Contact: 
Learning, Teaching and Research Committee Minute Secretary
Background: 

The College is committed to the delivery of quality education that is not constrained by the requirement to meet in a single geographic location. This constraint can be removed by delivering teaching and learning through online technologies and pedagogies.

Purpose: 

To outline the policy for the delivery of teaching and learning via any online mechanism.

Scope: 

This policy refers to the delivery of teaching and learning via any online mechanism. It includes on-line, blended, or face to face instruction which also incorporates the use of an online Learning Management System.

Statement: 
  1. Strategic and operational plans of the College shall recognise and support the delivery of quality online teaching and learning.
  2. The College shall adopt flexible multi-mode deliveries that respond to student needs.
  3. Online learning environments shall be flexible and dynamic, while simultaneously demonstrating high standards of pedagogyand economic appropriateness.
  4. Online learning environments shall be sustainable, appropriately resourced and meet the outcomes of the Learning, Teaching and Research plan.
  5. Academics and/or Online Support Officers shall maintain a high and effective degree of communication with students learning in an online environment.
  6. Strategies that foster an on-line Christian community shall be embraced.
  7. The College shall explore alternative learning techniques and technologies for online delivery of teaching and learning.
  8. The College shall embrace learning technologies and practices that deliver quality teaching and promote student learning.
  9. Students shall receive support and training, for current technologies, to enable them to use online learning components effectively.
  10. Student support services shall be made available online and integrated into the teaching and learning environment, as appropriate.
  11. Appropriate development and support shall be provided to staff to enable the delivery of quality online teaching and learning.
  12. Teaching and learning that is delivered online shall have quality assurance processes that cover both the pedagogical and technical dimensions. The review of these dimensions shall consider developments in online technology and pedagogy.
  13. The College shall endorse low threshold technologies, using, as far as possible, common and free programs (such as web browsers) at the student end, and open source software at the College end.
Evidence: 

Evidence will be collected via Student and staff satisfaction surveys, attrition and retention as compared to face to face and attendance at support and training events.