Corey Sheep.
An inventory of good practice in online learning:
by Adrian Judd - Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 08:49 PM

My own brief inventory of good practice in online learning:


Before the course:

  • Read through the course advert
  • Read the welcome email from your tutor
  • Make sure your computer has up to date virus checker and firewall
  • Back up your crucial files to a USB stick or preferably online
  • Watch the welcome video from your tutor
  • Pay attention to the course duration and how long you should spend on it each week (guided learning hours)
  • Tell your tutor if you need additional learning support and what support you might need
  • Return any enrollment form you have been sent

During the Course

  • Identify regular times of the week to log into the course
  • Switch your phones and social media off when you are logged in
  • Spend approximately the same amount of time on the course as expected
  • Log in and do work little and often
  • Pay attention to the learning outcomes when participating
  • comment on other learners' forum posts
  • Don't miss weeks at a time - log in three times a week
  • Find the technical help forum (if there is one)
  • Watch the how to videos (if any)
  • Contact your tutor if you need help
  • Don't be afraid of asking questions: there's no such thing as a stupid question
  • Don't assume the course is perfect without mistakes in the materials - check if something appears to be missing
  • Remember that the course is nothing without learners - learn from each other and teach each other
  • Ask for technical support if you need it
  • Pay attention to course deadlines
  • Ask for clarification if you don't understand something
  • Think about your learning and complete the assignments which ask you to reflect critically on what you have learnt
  • Give feedback as you go along
  • Keep your portfolio up to date with your posts, and with feedback from your tutor
  • Update your portfolio weekly
  • Participate in online chat sessions and webinars if there are any

After the course:

  • Complete evaluation and feedback forms
  • Remind tutors about certificates if they are overdue
  • Become a lifelong learner; think about what courses you should do next
  • Help with improving the course
Corey Sheep.
Re: An inventory of good practice in online learning:
by Adrian Judd - Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 08:50 PM
If we are responsible for teaching, then our participation teaches others, and our non-participation prevents others from learning. Our absence impoverishes others - I really didn't get that when I was doing my teacher training - just didn't get it at all.