03 CloudFirst Eperience with Colin Higgins
Teaching & Learning
We wanted to move away from the online learning experience simply being about watching recordings, sifting through PowerPoint slides, and undertaking long readings. We wanted to shift online learning from being a ‘spectator activity’ to something that students were drawn in to and could participate in a variety of different types of activities ‘anywhere, anytime’. We also wanted to shift the on-campus experience to more of a ‘flipped model’ where active learning was the philosophy. This required the development of a sophisticated set of learning materials available online.
CloudFirst is an opportunity to make strategic changes, and it gives a structure for bringing about a whole-of-course consistency. We shouldn’t under-estimate the time involved – and that some comfort with ambiguity is needed (sometimes you don’t know how well something is going to work until you see it). It is important for others to be upfront and gain clarity about the time involved, but they might also see this as an opportunity for professional development for teachers, and to explore new ways of doing things
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