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Online and Blended Education

19 July 2017

Good practice classified under: Online and Blended Education Student Engagement

Highly accessible and user-centred platform forms an online learning community
The design of the platform for online and blended programmes should be user-centred with interactive features to enhance student engagement.


Purpose
The purpose of this practice is to reduce the isolation that may  be felt by students of online and blended programmes. Opportunities for interaction between staff and students and among students themselves are numbered due to limited face-to-face classroom activities. Online learning platforms built with “interactivities”, for example, posting staff videos containing words of encouragement with a personal touch, helps form an online learning community. A user-centred and highly accessible website supports students working from a distance, provides them with a seamless user experience, ignites their interest in online learning and keeps them motivated. The high accessibility of the website is important to support self-directed learning which is a crucial feature for online learning.

Outcome
The outcome of employing this practice is keeping online learning students interested and engaged in their studies. This contributes to increased commitment of students to their studies and helps reduce the attrition rate of online programmes.
 

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19 June 2017

Good practice classified under: Online and Blended Education Institutional Governance and Management

Financing digital infrastructure vital to online education
The institution has a strategic financial management approach to developing digital infrastructure for the online and blended programmes.


Purpose
The purpose of this practice is to ensure that sufficient financial resources are allocated for different stages of the development of online and blended programmes. Sound financial management is vital to the success of such an initiative because of the considerable investment in digital infrastructure including the high cost of hardware and software as well as development of online materials. Effective and efficient management of resources are required to assure the continuous running of the online and blended learning programmes without jeopardising the attainment of other institutional strategic goals. Rigorous financial management helps ensure that the implementation of digital education is financially viable and that the necessary spending has been taken into account in the current and future institutional budget strategies.

Outcome
The outcome of employing this practice is to effectively manage the allocation of sufficient financial resources  to support the provision of online and blended education.
 

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26 May 2017

Good practice classified under: Online and Blended Education Student Engagement

Round-the-clock support to students of online and blended programmes

Institutions formulate a proper plan to support students of online and blended learning programmes who live in different time zones.

Purpose
The purpose of this practice is to ensure students have access to timely academic support and personal guidance regardless of the geographical locations and time zones. Institutions offering online and blended programmes need a plan to provide round-the-clock support to the students. Taking into account the size and geographic distribution of the student population, it can be useful to recruit tutors, including local tutors, to conduct synchronous and interactive teaching activities on the online platform. Tutors contact and interact with students to provide consultation and personal guidance that helps to keep students engaged in their studies.

Outcome
The outcome of employing this practice is ensuring comparable level of support to the same cohort of students enrolled from different geographical locations.
 

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