The Australian National University Festival of Teaching now on in Canberra is an example of this change
At this point I did not quite know what I was going to do instead of lectures, but I knew it would involve the web. The ACS then asked me to design a Green ICT course using the Moodle Learning Management system
What was more important than the software were the
ANU selected Moodle in late 2008 and I helped pilot it in a course in first semester 2009 using Moodle to supplement traditional lectures and labs. At the same time I was also tutoring the first class of Green ICT students in the ACS course using Moodle. It was curious using the same tool in two very different environments.
At ANU I attempted to use the lecture slots to give presentations more like seminars and less like lectures. However, this was constrained by the traditional lecture theatres, the student's expectations and my attempt to steer a middle course. My conclusion was that this approach of supplementing a traditional face-to-face course with some e-learning did not work.
In contrast the ACS pure e-learning approach worked well. The second class of students is now doing the course and enrollments are open for the third Green ICT course
My ANU colleagues in the same course did not try my blended approach and used traditional lectures, which seemed to work better with Moodle. They will talking about it on Monday at the ANU in Canberra
For second semester 2009 I will be running a Green ICT course at ANU (COMP7310)
My aim would be to have a university with courses which could be partly online and partly face-to-face, with students choosing the mode, as required. If the student feels the need and is able, they could attend the campus, otherwise they would work remotely.
What I envision are the lecture theatres holding hundreds of students being replaced by rooms holding about 20. This is on the assumption only about this many students will attend a course on any given day. The other students might attend the live event remotely via the Internet, or watch a recording later. The 20 students in the room would provide enough to provide interaction and act as representatives for the others.