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Online delivery models: Students’ perspectives
conference contributionposted on 13.11.2018, 00:00 by L Tivendale, Neda Abbasi, I Martek, C Liu, A Mills
The optimal delivery model for units always puzzle curriculum designers and lecturers, particularly when the unit is offered in the summer trimester and students have greater choice as to whether to enrol in a unit or not. An ongoing research project in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University aims to understand students’ perceptions on unit delivery in the summer trimester in order to improve support for online delivery models. The five delivery models in the study ranged from ‘traditional’ i.e. on campus lectures and tutorials for each week of the trimester; to ‘wholly online’ i.e. learning materials and communications entirely through the web-based student portal. Students rated their preferences for the five delivery models with additional comments. Students overwhelmingly prefer wholly online delivery during the summer trimester despite the benefits of other delivery models and that wholly online delivery may not offer their preferred learning experience. The students’ primary need is for flexibility which can be at odds with their equal need for interaction with academics and peers. It is important that academics recognise students’ perspectives to ensure their design of online delivery models improves teaching and learning in the summer trimester.