Hatsidimitris and Bernd Zupancic (University of Freiburg) enjoying
the scenery from a nearby castle in France.
of online courses has been traditionally regarded, rightly or wrongly,
as both prohibitively expensive and technologically demanding. The
award of two university-sponsored fellowships in the area of distance
education allowed me to explore ways of dealing with these two hurdles.
solid background in web design, it seemed appropriate to commence
my foray into online education by attending WebCT classes run by
the universitys Educational Technology Centre. However WebCT
proved to be ill-suited to delivering mathematically based material
such as physics and my search for an alternative landed me a U21
Travelling Fellowship to Freiburg, Germany for two months. Here,
in the capital of the Black Forest, it was possible to investigate
alternative approaches to content-delivery that were more amenable
to the dynamic teaching styles of our academic staff.
On my return
to UNSW I commenced an ITET (Innovative Teaching and Educational
Technology) Fellowship for 12 months during which time I was able
to undertake study in the fields of learning theory, accessibility,
video-production and so forth. This blending of teaching theory
and educational technology provided the fellowship participants
with a skill set and a pedagogical approach that promises to advance
the cause of innovative thinking in the realm of distance education
staff both through seminars and individually has generated a wealth
of interest. The School will be providing a number of courses via
flexible delivery, initially in General Studies and Postgraduate
work, over the coming years.
New World ( General Studies Elective
offered over the internet)