Manual of Policies and Procedures

C/6.3 Blended and online learning

Contact Officer

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital Learning)

Approval Date

18/03/2016

Approval Authority

University Academic Board

Date of Next Review

31/03/2019

6.3.1 Policy principles
6.3.2 Definitions
6.3.3 Responsibilities
Related Documents
Modification History

6.3.1 Policy principles

QUT is committed to investing in and supporting blended and online learning to achieve its ambitions for learning and teaching as articulated in QUT’s Real World Learning 2020 Vision (C/1.1). The University gives priority to focusing resources and services to support course teams to design, develop and implement blended and online learning courses.

QUT takes a whole-of-course approach to creating and implementing blended and online learning environments as integral components of the curriculum design. The course level design for blended and online learning will be assured through the Curriculum design, approval and accreditation processes (C/4.1) including accreditation or reaccreditation by the University Academic Board (C/4.1).

QUT’s approach to blended and on-line learning is articulated in QUT’s Blended and Online Learning Framework, which provides information on essential and enriched design features for blended units, and fully online units; and success indicators.

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6.3.2 Definitions

Blended learning
Blended courses are designed to include units with essential and enriched design features.

Essential design features
These are the minimum set of features for a blended unit. These encourage and enable ongoing learner engagement through provision of clear communication channels and flexible and timely access to information and learning support. To achieve this foundation, each unit integrates a quality active online presence in the nominated Learning Management System (LMS) that includes intentionally designed essential blended features.

Enriched design features
An enriched blended unit will include essential design features as well as a selection of enriched features. Enriched features provide more flexible and adaptive learning, create opportunities for collaboration, knowledge curation, construction and co-creation and facilitate the development of digital literacies.

Fully online courses
Fully online courses are designed to enable students to complete the course fully online (with no requirements for face-to-face engagement). Fully online units will have extensively integrated, enriched blended design features with all interactions and assessment fully online.

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6.3.3 Responsibilities

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education) is responsible for ensuring that the QUT Blended and Online Framework is reviewed periodically to consider feedback from students and staff, advances in pedagogical approaches and technology. Changes to the Framework may be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education) following consultation with faculties and divisions. 

Faculty (Executive Dean)
Faculties may adapt and further elaborate the Framework for their contexts including adding additional attributes to the ‘essential design features’ from the ‘enhanced design features’ or further specifying essential attributes.

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Related Documents

MOPP C/1.1 Approach to and context of learning and teaching

MOPP C/4.1 Curriculum design, approval and accreditation

Real World Learning 2020 Vision (QUT access only)

QUT Blended Online Learning Framework (QUT access only)


Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
30.09.19 All Provost Approved position title change for Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) to Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)

18.03.16

All

University Academic Board

Policy revised to align to Real World Learning 2020 Vision

19.02.11

All

Vice-Chancellor

Policy revised to include approved name change for Office of Teaching Quality to Learning and Teaching Unit

23.07.10 All University Academic Board Policy revised and renamed (formerly Flexible delivery)
14.11.08 All University Academic Board Policy renumbered to C/6.3 (formerly C/7.5)
26.03.99 C/6.3.1 University Academic Board Approved definition of a flexibly delivered unit
03.07.98 All University Academic Board New policy on flexible delivery

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