eLearning is a broad concept. It ranges from minimal use of technology in an otherwise traditional classroom through to complete online deliver of a course or even an entire program. York University, through the AVP Teaching and Learning Office, has developed descriptive terms to identify eLearning strategies and facilitate conversations about the range of possibilities for innovative use of technology in teaching and learning (York University, Common Language for eLearning, 2014). eLearning is defined as the development of knowledge and skills through the use of information and communication technologies to support interactions for learning with content, learning activities and with other people.
York has a common language for eLearning uses a subway analogy to describe the range of possibilities for innovative use of technology in teaching and learning: http://avptl.info.yorku.ca/files/2017/03/2014-03-26-Common-Language-for-eLearning.pdf.
If you are interested in developing an online or blended course, the Blended and Online Development Team, or BOLD, is a streamlined service created to partner with you to support the design and development of your course. To find more about the BOLD, visit http://bold.info.yorku.ca/.
This page contains resources for:
Examples of Good Practice
Psych 3495 3.00 Neuroscience of Aging and Cognitive Health
Course director: Dr. Gary Turner, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Delivery mode: blended
IHST 1020 6.00 Agents of Change in a Global World
Course director: Dr. Leslie Beagrie, Interim Master Stong College, Special Advisor to the Dean
Delivery mode: blended
Gail Mitchell and Beryl Pilkington describes how a course instructor can incorporate into upper level courses and graduate courses a trans-disciplinary web-based open source suite of pedagogical tools for curriculum development called DAGU: A novel approach for engaging students.
PSYC 2120 3.00 Social Psychology
Course director: Dr. Jennifer Steele, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Delivery mode: online
PSYC 2120 online
Workshops and Courses
eLearning @ York is a series of workshops for course directors who would like to enhance an existing course, or create a new course design. The sessions provide you with through, creative and practical advice for developing your course.
These courses are offered several times per year. We can also offer specially scheduled or tailored workshops for groups of 6 or more.
Faculty eLearning Leads
Each Faculty now has an eLearning Lead. Faculty eLearning Leads are your first local point of contact for eLearning queries within your Faculty
Resources Internal to York
The Teaching Commons eLearning Guide guide has been developed to provide extensive information on topics such as backward design, identifying learning outcomes and selecting assessment tasks, choosing modes of course instruction and learning activities, the development of online environments, course evaluation, and examples of blended eLearning courses at York University.
Moodle is York’s Learning Management System (LMS). At Moodle Guides for Instructors, course directors and Teaching Assistants may access information regarding important topics such as online training and documentation, workshops, and frequently asked questions.
Copyright-Update-2014.20.11 contains information regarding important updates on copyright compliance from the University Copyright Office. It may be of particular assistance in ensuring that course preparation and research activities are completed consistent with copyright requirements.
Provostial Guidelines on the use of online and digital learning materials – November 2014
The Student Guide to eLearning provides advice, resources and information about what to expect in your online course and what you’ll need to be a successful online learner.
Globally Networked Learning (GNL) is a resource presented by Professor Robin Roth from LA&PS, is a method of teaching in which classrooms and instructors from distant locations collaborate with the assistance of technology.
External to York Resources
Quality in eLearning
- Quality Matters, Canadian National Benchmarks for Online Learning
- Academic Partnerships – A Guide To Quality in Online Learning
- Understanding the Building Blocks of online learning – Tony Bates
Tips and tools
- Faculty Competencies for Online Teaching (Penn State)
- Faculty Self Assessment of Online Teaching Skills (Penn State)
- Theory and Practice of Online Learning (eBook — Athabasca University)
- Practical tips and tools by Contact North
- Effective Practice with eLearning – JISC
- Edutopida — Online Discussion Board Facilitation
- Tips on Facilitating Online Discussions
- Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors
- Transforming Assessment and Feedback
- Transforming Assessment — courses, examples, and tools about e-assessment
- Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014
- Google Apps for Education
- Teaching with Twitter:
- Using Clickers effectively:
- Using Wikipedia for teaching and learning
- Use simulation games in teaching
- Merlot — Multimedia educational resources
- Khan Academy — multimedia educational resources
- A list of open educational resources repositories
- Visual images you can download, revise, and use
- Kwerious: Engaging students in interactive, in class discussions
Models of eLearning
- Excellent handbook for blended Learning from Australia
- Flexible Pedagogies: technology enhanced learning
- Flipped Classroom – video introduction (20 min-NB the Q&A forum is inactive): https://vimeo.com/96653950