Peer reviewed paper

Parker, J. (2010). A novice lecturer's foray into creating an engaging online learning experience in a higher education environment. 
In: Eculture 2010, 5 November 2010,
Edith Cowan University (Joondalup Campus), Perth.


As student enrollments increase in online learning courses in higher education it is imperative for universities to address a number of challenges in order to provide quality learning experiences. One of the key challenges is identifying how to construct interactive and engaging student-centred environments that can support communication and collaboration. This article describes how an existing instructional framework was used to redesign an online unit to create a student-centred learning environment supported by technology to encourage learners to interact, communicate and collaborate. It explains the rationale for the unit design and how new technologies were used by students as cognitive tools to solve real-world problems to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the unit learning outcomes. The evaluation findings revealed that the redesigned unit was effective and that students were keen to interact and engage with their peers and lecturer.