White, Stephen, Folley, Sue, Williams, Steven and Allen, Jessica (2015) Preparing Higher Education Tutors for Delivering Online Courses. In: The Seventh International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning. eLmL 2015 . IARIA, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 20-26. ISBN 978-1-61208-385-8

This paper identifies that academic staff need to be suitably prepared to deliver wholly online courses, and outlines the steps taken towards achieving this, at one Higher Education institution in the UK. E-learning, whether partially (blended) or wholly online, is not simply about the technology, but also requires an understanding of the pedagogical considerations, and the skills that are needed, to effectively facilitate them. Through the use of a formal questionnaire, and collation of informal comments made on a social network, evaluation is made of a staff development course designed specifically to promote effective facilitation of high quality online courses. The results determined that the course is fit for purpose and achieves its aims. Future cohorts are already over-subscribed as a result of positive commentary by participants. Further developments will be made, based upon constructive feedback by participants. Whilst possibly not unique, this course demonstrates action being taken in an educational institution to recognise that effective online delivery requires specific knowledge and skills that are different from those used in the traditional classroom.

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