Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Scaling Online Education, 24 Sept 2019

Abstract: As every university focuses on quality assurance and quality control in online learning and teaching, scalability inevitably becomes a challenge, as does the complexity of undertaking course/unit review and redevelopment. Engaging appropriately with academic staff, building assets for re-usability, developing core competencies and confidence, and constructing learning experiences on the foundation of previous work are all considerations. Learning design in an online environment is largely geared towards student retention and student engagement and above all, the pedagogical organisation of learning material and learning activities so that learning might more easily occur.

This webinar detailed how Charles Sturt University’s Transforming Online Learning (TOL) project has incorporated an agile approach to online subject development so that learning design for an online cohort of students can occur at scale, by presenting the experience of a pilot within the Business Faculty.  Agile is an iterative approach to project management that, in this instance has afforded learning designers the opportunity to develop online learning subjects at scale more quickly quicker and with fewer errors.

The webinar illustrated and considered the challenges of bringing faculty on board, scaling resources and approaches along with the implications for broader practice.

Presenter:  Jay Cohen is an Associate Professor Transform Online Learning at Charles Sturt University who is passionate and innovative online learning professional with a highly regarded record in the delivery of high quality, scalable learning solutions across the higher education sector.  He has over 20 years experience in tertiary and online education, as well as extensive people, project and process management experience.   Jay is currently employed as the Director of Online Subject Development at Charles Sturt University where he is responsible for leading the Transforming Online Learning project across the university.   The Director of Online Subject Development manages the on-line subject development, including digital technologists, learning designers, learning analysts, library staff and editors.  He also works closely with each Faculty Leadership Team.  This role requires leadership in online subject design and development and the associated workflows and management processes enabling a large scale roll-out.

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