Facilitating online learning

This guide walks you through the differences of online learning modes and the tools and approaches that can be applied to make teaching and learning successful in this context. We recommend you also work closely with your Faculty based education designers who can provide you with additional ideas and support.

What are the benefits of online learning?

There are a number of benefits of online learning. Studying online can be rich, interactive and highly satisfying for both the learner and teacher. It can enable a more flexible learning environment as students can learn from anywhere that they can access the Internet. Students may be in remote locations, satellite campuses, in other countries or sitting comfortably in their own home. Depending on the activity type, it can also be completed in their own time, supporting self-regulated learning (Croft, Dalton, & Grant, 2010)

There are also a variety of online resources and activities that you can embed in your unit to facilitate a more interactive and engaging learning experience for students. You can have videos, interactive activities, readings, podcasts, live streaming, and student collaboration online.

Online learning also encourages independent and self-regulated learning. However, it is important to structure your Moodle unit to support this.