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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Innovative Projects 2005 - Laboratory Operations

John Benfatto - Laboratory and Forensic Sciences

Aims : The aim of putting Laboratory Operations online was to give students more flexibility by delivering the subject in a blended mode, using face to face and online delivery

Innovation : Integration of parts of available toolboxes, such as Lab Operations, Lab Management and Lab Technology into online components.

Improvements : Through the use of the online component, students are given the opportunity to study at their own pace. At the same time, students who do not feel comfortable with the online component will still have the opportunity to attend face to face classes.

Innovative Projects 2005 - Accounting 1

Annalisa Miller / Berceuse Thorpe - Computerised Accounting and Law

Aims : To provide the full statement of attainment in Accounting 1 to students in a fully flexible environment


  • Provides learner-centered delivery modes for all learners
  • Links to sections of the Accounting toolbox
  • Quizzes and assessments using Respondus and other media anticipates making the subject assessed fully online in future semesters
  • Facilitated online community using WebCT discussion board
Improvements : Having this subject online and fully flexible means that it suits learners who are working or have other commitments that do not enable them to attend structured classes.

Unfortunately, due to time and availability constraints, there is no introduction video for Accounting 1.

Innovative Projects 2005 - Developing a Media Plan

Michele Kennedy - Marketing and Advertising - Business Development

Aims : To place media planning in an innovative and interesting community context.

Innovation :

  • Different street characters exemplify different audiences. Students interact with characters by analyzing their scenarios
  • Characters reference other street characters to build community
  • Students enter street buildings to access Module information.
  • Games and quizzes of varying complexity
  • Library houses all readings and audios for quick access.
  • 3 levels of information in each module.
  • 'Tour Guide' on street provides Welcome and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Progress bar indicates forward movement through material.
Improvements :

  • Multi-dimensional approach
  • Media Planning becomes part of everyday life. It emerges from real life characters rather than being imposed on them.
  • Students choose their level of engagement.
  • Online discussion postings deliver a much higher quality of thought in comparison to student responses to class questions.

Innovative Projects 2005 - Medical Administration

Selena Gillian - Business Services Technology

Aims : To develop learning materials that would be relevant and meaningful in an online environment.

Innovation :

  • 'A Day at the desk' (similar to a toolbox) is the major resource used for this project. It provides learners with access to a virtual workplace.
  • This has been complemented by the development and use of quizzes and games.
  • Students are encouraged to collaborate and share their learning experiences by using the discussion board.
  • Chat sessions are scheduled at regular intervals with activities and tasks being submitted using email.
Improvements : The learning environment that has been implemented will help to engage learners and assist them to acquire understanding and knowledge of the competency.

Innovative Projects 2005 - Medical Terminology Prefixes & Suffixes

Justine McDonald - Human Services

Aims :

To provide students with an online resource that will assist them in learning how to break down medical terms and understand medical abbreviations.


Learning medical terminology and medical abbreviations requires the student to perform a lot of memory tasks. Incorporating online learning enabled this subject to become a lot more interactive. Repetition could be incorporated in a more fun and varied capacity for the student by utilising multiple games and activities.

Improvements :

This course was presented in the class room prior to going online. It was limited in it's delivery time and there was no capacity for students to develop at their own pace. With being online, students can now take their time with this subject and learn at their own speed without feeling pressured to keep up with everyone else.

This program will also be utilised as an ongoing learning site linked to the students clinical placement, enabling them to increase their vocabulary each time they go out to clinical placement.

Innovative Projects 2005 - Responsible Service of alcohol

Milan Rajic - Food and Beverage studies

Aim : To create a learning resource that would be user friendly, interactive and fun to use.

Innovation :

  • A "real bar" photograph with links to areas of study
  • Use of interactive material to involve users and make the content interesting
  • Use of audio option to satisfy the needs of different learning styles
  • Use of "Crazy talk" to announce the content of each area of study
  • Use of photographs and links to resources available to invite learners to explore and be innovative themselves
  • Revision questions are available at the end of each section
  • "Millionaire" game gives students confidence and is fun
Improvements : The course is now more interesting and user friendly, it accommodates different learning styles and provides the learner with options

Innovative Projects 2005 - OHS Literacy & Communication

Sharon Burnell - User Choice

Aim : To develop quality online resources and activities that deliver and assess against the competencies "Analyse and present research information" and "Write complex documents" within an OHS context. To develop resources which allow learners to contextualise their learning and product development to meet their current/future workplace OHS needs and interests.

Innovation :

  • An array of quality, current resources that an effect OHS practitioner would use in their work life - links to websites, textual and graphic resources, databases, search engines, etc.
  • The course encourages learners to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • The learning requires students to contextualise, reflect on and share their own experiences with others in the course by way of an e-diaryand the communication tools available within WebCT
  • Students are given the opportunity to explore the web for solutions/regulations/information/ideas and to develop and present their findings and OHS products using appropriate business technology
Improvements : OHS Literacy and Communication is a new, year long course. It charts new ground. It challenges both the course developer/implementer, as well as most of the learners doing the course, almost all of whom have no previous online learning experience.

Innovative Projects 2005 - Practice wthin legal & ethical parameters

Nicole Slater - Nursing - Human Services

Aim : To present a very theory based unit in an interactive way.

Innovation : The course caters to different learning styles - students can simply work through information and answer questions or they can take on the case study and refer to the written information as needed.

Improvements : The course is more easily navigated through by students than previous attempts and presentation of the information via a case study makes it more interesting.

Innovative Projects 2005 - Introduction to Public Relations

Tracie Starkey (Communication and Media)

Aims : The overall aim is to provide an introductory unit in PR in an online learning environment while at the same time making it as fun and interactive as possible.

Innovation :

  • Rather than students coming in to see our guest speakers, we are taking our guest speakers to our students via a CD. The presentation will then be followed with a live chat room discussion with guest speakers.
  • Other innovations include the fact that all course material has been written specifically for the Web and includes online examples of PR material including advertisements using humour.
Improvements : The course is now online! Students are able to access the material from home and review guest speaker talks as many times as they like at a time that is convenient to them.

Innovative Projects 2005 - Mechanical Engineering

Greg Hartup - Engineering and Resource Sciences

Aims : To develop interactive exercises and to develop computer graphics to enhance the presentation of the material

Innovation :

  • A simulated laboratory exercise where students gather experimental data in a similar fashion to traditional laboratory procedures.
  • Animated computer graphics with voice overs to explain engineering concepts
  • Interactive quizzes.
Achievements : The course is more dynamic and interesting for the student.

Innovative Projects 2005 - Virtual Study Centre

Deb Hattingh - ESL Employment and study / ELC

Aims : To create a Study Centre that all students in CIT can access, providing 24/7 support for study skills.


  • Offers students interactive activities, like quizzes and games, to support their learning.
  • The instruction is delivered in bite size chunks so that the processes are logically explained.
  • Offers teachers a resource they can refer their students to.
  • Creates a pathway to face to face teacher assistance if required.
  • Teachers have an avenue to contribute to general study skills
Improvements : The project has improved the WebCT course because it has given it an innovative modern and appealing look and now provides virtual study skills to students 24/7 and access to a virtual teacher

Innovative Projects 2005

In 2005 the Flexible Learning Solutions team worked with 11 teachers from CIT on targetted year long projects aimed at developing innovative elearning materials for their subjects.

The subjects covered ranged from Mechanical Engineering to Nursing Ethics, from OHS Literacy and Communication to Responsible service of alcohol and made use of interactive Flash animations, audio and video, scenario based learning and a range of other learning tools.

If you would like to explore the courses that were created in WebCT, contact the Flexible Learning solutions team - or on (02) 6207 3833.

The following posts will contain more information on the projects as well as a short video of the teacher introducing their project.