"Online teaching and learning (Edith Cowan University
Online Unit IMM4141 in Graduate Certificate in Online Learning)"
Herrington and Ron Oliver
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learning setting comprises an online subject over a 14-week
semester where students assume a specified role (a representative
from their university or institution) to work through three
cumulatively linked assessment tasks that are structured as
open-ended problems. By completing the tasks, the students engage
with the unit content and apply it in a meaningful way, within
a realistic context.
This exemplar has been selected for inclusion for the following
The learning design represents an online problem-based
learning approach based on sound pedagogical principles.
Its use of a single sustained, authentic task and social
constructivist philosophy engages learners and such a design
could be applied in many different contexts.
The learning design does not require complex or expensive
technology infrastructure for its use. It could be supported
by existing Learning Management Systems.
The learning design has been redeveloped in the form of a
generic Guideline as the notion of placing the learner in
the setting of a professional role with authentic tasks can
be reused in many different disciplines and contexts.
J. & Oliver, R. (2002). Description of Online teaching
and learning (Edith Cowan University Online Unit IMM4141 in
Graduate Certificate in Online Learning). Retrieved
, from Learning Designs Web site: