Effective Online Teaching – How Far Do The Frameworks Go?

June 17, 2003

This is particularly true in respect of the ability to develop the receptive cultures and communities of learning that have proved prerequisite to success in online learning environments. This paper examines some recently developed frameworks for effective online teaching and relates these to published case studies describing a range of courses and situations. The conclusion is that current frameworks provide a general though high level description of what is involved in effective online teaching. As such, they provide a useful starting point for further analysis of the issues that determine the quality of online courses and teaching. This in depth analysis of teaching and learning issues will provide the basis of guidelines for best practice. It is further noted that frameworks for effective institutional support are equally instrumental in successful implementation.

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