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​​​Updated: 2 September 2020



Expanded 12 Principles for Online Learning and Teaching: Principle 4 Alternative Methods


Principle 04 Alternative Methods

Focus on student activity. Consider student-centred tasks to support learning rather than replicating face-to-face teaching online. You do not need to provide large quantities of content.


Think about technology as a means to connect students with each other and learning, rather than solely to deliver content. If you would use a lecture face-to-face, the session's learning outcomes can be achieved online through a mixture of resources such as a short video, followed by directed reading and a reporting back task using a Moodle forum or Padlet board (see Principle 5 Mix Synchronous and Asynchronous​).


Where materials to support learning are required, investigate what existing resources are available first before creating your own. Leganto Reading Lists can be used to curate content from the web, in addition to items in the library catalogue. You can link to an item (using Permalink) anywhere in Moodle, so that you can contextualise the reading for students. Do not upload papers, images or other materials which infringe copyright and always use the Reading List to link to journal articles, ebooks and library resources which have been digitised for the module.


Creating your own short (recommended less than 15 minutes) video presentations can be done with Panopto. Short videos can be used to give module overviews, explain tricky concepts and provide revision summaries at the end of topics.


An alternative to providing materials for students is to task them with sourcing and sharing materials to support their learning. Ask them to share what they find with their peers in a Moodle forum and why they found it helpful.


Developing your Teaching and Support for Learning Online Moodle Community

Self enrol on this community site for staff to discuss and share online teaching practices and tools. DLTE also share webinar recordings and links to useful resources.


Principle 5: Mix Synchronous and Asynchronous >>


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