David Hall – Head of Linguistics, Macquarie Uni

"Teaching and learning in an online environment"

Some really valuable points re-iterated by David’s experience with online uni courses across the Australia/Asian region:

  • online learning is NOT a transmission model
  • quality interaction is essential
  • the learner experience is enhanced in comparison to the large lecture based model of teaching
  • most problems experienced were administrative!
  • the need for more explicit instructions and materials
  • the need for voice of the tutor in the text
  • biggest diffiulties for students was: time management, self discipline, isolation & anxiety