TOL update

Students working online


Most of the BJBS TOL pilots came to a close at the end of the 201830 session, although pilot activities are still occurring for the six intake session trial and for the Online Study Advisors. Evaluations on the completed pilots are expected by mid-August, and this data will be shared with you as soon as available. If you missed the last update, there are specifics on evaluation here. The evaluation data we receive will play a key role in helping to shape the Phase #1 implementation of the TOL Project, an initiative that will begin rolling out within selected subjects and courses across the Faculty from 201860.

Transform Online Learning and the University Strategy

In June, the University Council approved the refocused University Strategy that saw the TOL project undergo revisions because of budget constraints and to align it with the Student Strategy. The project will progress with a reduced number of subjects in the initial development and roll out. Our Sub Dean TOL, Jason Howarth, has started work on subject sequencing for Phase #1 Project Implementation, and is working with a suite of staff to determine the order in which subject development work will occur for nominated courses within the Faculty.

Phase #1 implementation

As part of this Phase #1 Project Implementation, Jason Howarth has also facilitated several design-based course workshops. These workshops have explored how the Learning Experience Framework (LEF) can be applied to enhance our online subject offerings within each of the Faculty’s nominated courses.

So far, workshops have been conducted for large service teaching subjects in mathematics and statistics as well as for the Master of Cyber Security course (see image below). These workshops were hosted by video conference and attended by discipline experts as well as by learning designers, data analysts, digital technologists, and library specialists.

Subject-based initiatives planned as a result of the mathematics and statistics workshop include the implementation of Smart Sparrow for use as a learning diagnostic tool, increased flexible assessment options, and the creation of video content to better connect students with those in the professions.

Initiatives from the Cyber Security workshop include the use of educational technologies within subjects to foster student engagement, increased use of multimedia within modules, and the use of interactive e-exams. Martin Hale, our industry partner for this course, commented that he came away from the workshop “excited about how we are going to turn a good course into a great course!”

Further information on the subject development work described above as well as about additional course-based workshops will be provided in the next blog update.