BENNETT Rick & McINTYRE Simon
Post the eLearning Goldrush: Encouraging Purpose and Quality in New Online Art and Design Courses
The last decade witnessed a ‘virtual goldrush’ of activity in regard to online education worldwide. Unfortunately, many institutions and software companies flattened the educational landscape in their scramble to establish their online presence. The general result has been poor quality, purpose, a lack of consideration for future implications; sadly reinforcing belief that online education is a poor substitute for face-to-face learning and teaching.
Fortunately, time has moved on, and credible institutions have realised that quality must be the key component of online education. Some have begun to sift through the credible principals of previous examples and are building upon them. It has become apparent that to achieve quality and purpose, online educators need to look past an immediate solution and view the long-term picture.COFA Online was established at the College of Fine Arts in 2003, and has since been planning and teaching online courses in art and design practice, education and theory – methodically building the foundations of a quality, sustainable online program. As a result of practical experience and ongoing research, the first COFA Online Course Author Fellowships were awarded in 2004. By doing so, a supportive community of course authors has been created, participating in regular workshops, together with a variety of education and learning experts. This paper outlines how the Fellowship program has aimed to increase the quality and experience for students studying online courses in art and design.Download Post the eLearning Goldrush: Encouraging Purpose and Quality in New Online Art and Design Courses (91.97 KB)