FDOL131: unit 4

Rationale:  Student learning support is a key area in the provision of a ‘quality’ educational experience in formal settings. Students expect academic, technical, administrative  and pastoral support as part of their educational provision. Successful student support has a marked and positive impact on retention, progression, completion rates and overall student satisfaction – this can be even more so for students studying at a distance. In this unit participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of contemporary conceptions of online tutoring and online facilitation derived, including peer-support and peer-tutoring models, from theory and research and consider their initial experiences of good and effective practice in the support of flexible, blended and online learning provisions offered by institutions to own students and external learners.


Helping others grow? What works?

Personalised Intended learning outcomes to be defined by PBL groups based on the PBL scenario and learners studying autonomously after reading the rationale.

  1. ILO1
  2. ILO2
  3. ILO3

(no more than three please)

PBL scenarios

[Scenario sample use story from our database]

Explore the scenario and identify in your group possible items you would like to investigate. Agree which ones you are going to study further. Remember to agree learning outcomes for the group and use FISh.

Add resources you have found useful in your investigation to the FDOL resources in diigo. At the end of the unit, you will share your solutions based on your investigation and your experiences with the rest of the learners and receive feedback from at least another group. You can present your solution use a  media-rich approach through creating a story, a report, a poster, a comic strip etc. It is up to your group to decide.


FDOL diigo group at http://groups.diigo.com/group/fdol-resources

Please check this learners’ generated collection and add further resources you find useful and link well with this unit. Remember to use tags and comment on resources shared by others.

FDOL diigo list resources

Discussion activities

  1. Google + community: Discuss aspects of Flexible, Distance and Online Learning in participants’ professional context with peers and comment on each others’ contributions.
  2. PBL groups: Work together on a specific scenario chosen linked to this unit’s theme.
  3. At the end of the unit, reflect individually and in your PBL groups on your learning and share with the wider FDOL community.
  4. Reflecting through images


Tuesday 2nd of April 7-8 UK time, find your local time
Dr Keith Smyth, Edinburgh Napier University

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Peer assessment and self-evaluation

  1. Reflect on your learning during this unit and capture your reflections into your portfolio. Use relevant literature. Remember to add the hashtag #FDOL131 to your title and link to Twitter. (suggested 300 words or equivalent)
  2. Share the link to your portfolio and invite others to comment
  3. Comment on reflections made by others.

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