At ACU blended learning is defined as the combination of face-to-face and online learning, with purposeful integration of educational technologies and innovative learning design, to enhance the student learning experience.

The following image shows the relationship between blended learning and the ACU study modes.

blended learning includes Attendance and Multi-mode study modes. Online is not blended.

Study modes

The following definitions are a guide only and can be adapted by faculties to meet the needs of their disciplines.

Download the detailed ACU study modes: a guide for academics (PDF 128KB).

The following checklist describes the expected set of minimum features to be used in LEO within the three ACU endorsed study modes.

Download the checklist for minimum expected use of LEO (approved by Academic Board 30th November 2016) (PDF 95KB).

For principles to follow to enhance the use of LEO, see Guidelines to enhance the use of LEO.

Attendance mode

Principal mode of delivery: Face to face

Learning descriptor

Learning in this unit will require face-to-face attendance in specific physical location/s.
Students will have face-to-face interactions with lecturer(s) and/or industry practitioners to achieve the learning outcomes.
For units with industry/work experience, supervision is undertaken by the lecturer(s)/supervisors either in person and/or virtually (e.g. online).

Examples of technology use

The following may be accessible to students online:

  • unit outline
  • notices/announcements
  • assessment information, submission, marking and return of results/feedback
  • learning resources (e.g. readings, lecture notes, audio or video recorded material, lecture slides
  • activities – individual and group (e.g. discussions, quizzes, wikis).

Technologies used to enhance face to face delivery may include:

  • live quizzes/polling
  • simulations
  • industry required technology.

Location

Will include some online access and  combinations of the following:

  • On campus
  • Intensives
  • industry/workplace experiences (such as practicums and clinical practice).
Multi-mode

Principal mode of delivery: Face to face and virtual

Learning descriptor

Learning in this unit requires some face-to-face attendance and will contain complementary online activities.

Unit will likely require the use of online communication and collaboration tools to achieve interactions amongst students, and with the lecturer(s)/industry expert on a regular basis.

The proportion of face-to-face time will vary between different units.

For units with industry/work experience, supervision is undertaken by the lecturer(s)/supervisors either in person and/or virtually (e.g. online).

Examples of technology use

The following may be accessible online to students:

  • unit outline
  • notices/announcements
  • assessment information, submission, marking and return of results/feedback.

Learning resources and activities may include the following (but not limited to):

  • web links
  • simulations
  • quizzes
  • videos
  • interactives
  • readings
  • lecture notes/slides
  • audio.

Collaboration may be facilitated through:

  • webinars
  • online discussion groups
  • blogs
  • wikis
  • other shared digital tools.

Technologies used to enhance face to face delivery may include:

  • live quizzes/polling
  • simulations
  • industry required technology.

Location

Will include online and a combination of the following:

  • on campus,
  • intensives,
  • industry/workplace experiences (such as practicums and clinical practice).
Online mode

Principal mode of deliveryVirtual

Learning descriptor

Learning in this unit does not require any physical campus attendance. The unit will be delivered virtually (online) by means of technology.

Learning will have elements that are self-directed and self-paced. Unit will likely also require the use of online communication and collaboration tools to achieve interactions amongst students, and with the lecturer(s)/industry expert on a regular basis.

Learning in this mode will be largely asynchronous (‘anywhere, anytime learning’), but could also include synchronous events (e.g. live webinar).

Examples of technology use

The following may be accessible online to students:

  • unit outline
  • notices/announcements
  • assessment information, submission, marking and return of results/feedback.

Learning resources and activities may include the following (but not limited to):

  • web links
  • simulations
  • quizzes
  • videos
  • interactives
  • readings
  • lecture notes/slides
  • audio.

Collaboration may be facilitated through:

  • webinars
  • online discussion groups
  • blogs
  • wikis
  • other shared digital tools.

Location

Technology will be used to support off campus delivery

ACU checklist for minimum expected use of LEO

At ACU technology is used to enhance the student learning experience and their ability to access and engage with it.

The checklist for minimum expected use of LEO (PDF 95KB) describes the expected set of minimum features to use in LEO within the three ACU endorsed study modes. It is intended to support LEO unit development. Alignment between unit learning outcomes, assessment and learning activities is expected.

✔ = required

Content


LEO use


Attendance mode


Multi-mode


Online mode


Faculty LEO template used





Unit outline, readings and class notes provided




Lectures are to be recorded where equipment is available and uploaded to LEO
Learner support for technology (ie. links to LEO guides for students for LEO tools, and links to external support for other tools) to be provided
Multimedia (e.g. videos, podcasts, simulations) is used desirable
Weekly/module learning outcomes are specified desirable desirable desirable

Activities


LEO use


Attendance mode


Multi-mode


Online mode


Individual learning activities (e.g. quizzes, reflection exercises, mind maps, diagnostic/formative tasks etc.)


desirable




Collaborative activities (e.g. debate, peer review, role play etc.)


desirable



Communication


LEO use


Attendance mode


Multi-mode


Online mode


Lecturer contact details/availability and introduction





Announcements (administrative communication)




Discussion forum or other forms of appropriate asynchronous collaborative communication
Live web conference (synchronous collaborative communication) desirable desirable desirable

Assessment


LEO use


Attendance mode


Multi-mode


Online mode


Assessment information is provided





Assessments are submitted and marked online (unless exception approved by Head of school or equivalent)




Assessment results and feedback are given online
Page last updated on 03/03/2020

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