An orientation to open, flexible and distance learning
About the course
This orientation course is for anyone working in tertiary education with an interest in open, flexible and distance learning (OFDL), who wants to engage with the topic as a professional. The course is ideal for those who have some familiarity with online courses.
Understanding Open, Flexible and Distance Learning
When it comes to implementing open, flexible and distance learning (OFDL), one size does not fit all. Organisational goals, policies and practices all shape the ways in which OFDL works.
The main purpose of this workshop is to introduce open, flexible and distance education as a systemic activity
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Course benefits - how it enhances teaching and learning
OFDL is best engaged with in the context of the practitioner. The orientation course aims to help participants to learn more about their context of practice, alongside the core themes and concepts in OFDL. It includes references to key thinkers and ideas, and provides multiple opportunities for practitioners to learn new teaching and learning skills.
There are six modules in this course:
- Module one: Laying open, flexible and distance learning foundations
- Module two: Key aspects of distance education
- Module three: The effective OFDL educator
- Module four: Successful OFDL learners
- Module five: The OFDL community
- Module six: ODFL futures.
Estimated time required for completing all six modules and the introduction section is approximately 15 hours.
This course is intended to fit around your work schedule and availability. It has been designed so that you can start and complete the modules at any time.
This professional development course has been developed for tertiary educators, to introduce OFDL theory and core ideas, and explain the jargon and inconsistent terminology in the field.
The course has been prepared by some of New Zealand’s leading OFDL practitioners and experts involved in tertiary education. The work was undertaken as a partnership project between New Zealand Association of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (DEANZ) and Ako Aotearoa – The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. It has been funded through Ako Aotearoa’s National Project Fund.
The process for completing your OFDL orientation course includes a final assessment. Once we have approved that, you will be issued with an online badge that can contribute to your online portfolio.
Supporting you through the course
DEANZ provides support as you work your way through the modules. Expert advice is only an email or telephone call away.
Enrol on the course free at: http://tinyurl.com/ofdlorientation . All you need to do to get started is to create an account. You will then have free access to begin the course.