Sub Dean TOL June Update

202030 Development Update

The final TOL sprint for 202030 commenced last Monday. The following subjects are currently going through the TOL process:

  • ITC505
  • ITC516
  • ITC560
  • FIN562
  • FIN572
  • LAW214
  • PPP100

So far everything is progressing well, with all subjects on target for completion by the end of the sprint in three weeks time.

Working Party prepares for DLT and TOL integration

Representatives from both DLT and TOL are continuing to work together in preparation for the transfer of TOL functions to the Division of Learning and Teaching from July 1. Last week, several DLT and TOL team members discussed how to incorporate best practice from both teams, with a focus on the design of a newly formatted i2 subject site template. This revamped template will help us as an institution achieve a consistent look and feel across subjects, maintain usability goals, and to allow for a sustainable approach to subject development across the suite of subjects that DLT maintain. More information on this newly designed template will be made available once the recommendations from the working party are finalised.

School of Psychology hosts TOL professional development session

Both Jay Cohen and I recently presented a Zoom-based workshop on effective online teaching to the School of Psychology. The format was similar to the in-person workshops presented earlier this year to the School of Computing and Maths and the School of Management and Marketing. This workshop covered topics such as the concept of learning, effective online teaching, and designing subjects for teacher presence. As part of the workshop, we held some very engaging Zoom breakout sessions to come up with effective strategies for implementing these concepts. A big thanks to the School of Psychology for their enthusiastic turnout and participation.

TOL presentation to Student Representative Council

Jay and I also recently delivered a session on TOL to the Online Student Representative Council. This included a demonstration of a live TOL site to Council members. The response was very positive, with those present noting that “as online students we appreciate your efforts to create an interface that supports a consistent, innovative user experience.” This feedback reassures us that our TOL designs continue to hit the mark.