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E-Learning Baseline

E-Learning Baseline

BaselineGiving teachers an empty online course to develop with little training and guidance is a little like giving a blank canvas to a child and expecting them to develop a masterpiece.

These days teachers are expected to be many things, which often means learning to use new tools on the job as they go. Without guidance, every online course ends up looking and functioning completely differently, making it difficult for both students and staff to use. By setting a minimum standard, staff understand what they need to include on their course to provide a more consistent experience to users.  When courses are consistent people know where to look for particular things and this makes interacting with online learning systems a lot easier to manage.

Developing an E-Learning Baseline helps teaching and support staff to understand how to develop their courses and how they can make improvements to the quality of their online teaching provision. With a set of guidelines to follow, it is easier to design higher quality online courses. Therefore, they can be instrumental in implementing successful institutional change programmes.

Incorporating accessibility principles into the baseline also helps staff to understand how they can teach in ways that helps everyone learn, in particular those with disabilities.

Inclusive Teaching Practices

Inclusive Teaching Practices

student looking at noticeboard of all different thingsInclusive teaching practices enable all students to study as independently as possible. Teachers need to understand how they can create accessible learning environments, so they do not prevent their students from being able to study effectively.

Accessible learning environments support students with learning difficulties, disabilities and long-term health conditions. In improving teaching practices for these students, staff will also improve access for all students and staff.

The Inclusive Teaching Practices course teaches staff how to teach in ways that helps everyone in their class to learn effectively, in particular those with disabilities. The course provides practical advice on how to develop learning materials and teach in a way that does not disadvantage those with disabilities.