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Online teaching and learning at Australian Catholic University Environmental scan and SWOT analysis report

Prepared by Online Advisers
Beatrice Johnson (Faculty of Arts and Sciences) Alanah Kazlauskas (Faculty of Arts and Sciences) Evan Harris (Faculty of Education) Des Matejka (Faculty of Education) Annette Schneider (Faculty of Education) Brian King (Faculty of Health Sciences)

June 2007

Acknowledgements
We would like to acknowledge the assistance of the following people with the preparation of the report: Heads of School, Australian Catholic University (ACU National) Associate Professor Paul Chesterton Ms Ann Applebee Ms Emma Felton NetSpot Mr Jeremy Gauder Ms Alison Blair Associate Deans (Teaching, Learning and International) The many ACU National staff to whom we spoke informally Mr Grant Glanfield National Student Systems Manager and the Student Systems team.

Report reference group: Director of Flexible Teaching and Learning Coordinator Online Teaching and Learning Online Educational Designer Director IATL Support for the development of this report has been provided by The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training. The views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Table of Contents
Executive Summary ..................................................................................................... iv Preamble ......................................................................................................................6 1. Introduction..............................................................................................................7 2. Methodology ............................................................................................................9 3. Findings of the External Scan ................................................................................11 3.1. Policy, procedures and planning frameworks ...............................................12

3.1.1. Trends in the sector ....................................................................................12 3.1.2. Available resources ....................................................................................14 3.1.3. Government Policies and Directions .........................................................15 3.2. 3.3. 3.4. Flexible Learning environments and pedagogy............................................18 Student Training and support........................................................................21 Staff Development and Support....................................................................22

4. Findings of the Internal Scan .................................................................................28 4.1. Policy, procedures and planning frameworks ...............................................28

4.1.1. Policy .........................................................................................................28 4.1.2. Planning .....................................................................................................28 4.1.3. Procedures..................................................................................................29 4.2. Flexible Learning environments and pedagogy............................................33

4.2.1. Quality assurance for pedagogy.................................................................35 4.3. Student Training and Support .......................................................................36

4.3.1. Student training for effective use of current and emerging technologies ..36 4.3.2. Ongoing student support for the effective use of current and emerging learning technologies ...........................................................................................39 4.3.3....
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