Using the guidelines

Using the guidelines

The eLearning guidelines (eLg) have been developed to assist the tertiary sector in its engagement with eLearning.

The guidelines offer prompts for reflection from five perspectives - the learner, teacher, manager, organisational leader and quality assurance body.  When considering one of these perspectives in the eLearning and eTeaching process, the guidelines assist the designing, implementing and enhancing of your practice to ensure thoughtful and intentional eLearning provision.

How are the guidelines organised?

The guidelines are arranged under five perspectives.

  • The learner perspective asks you to examine your practice and delivery from the point of view of your learners.  It includes the expectations, requirements and participation of learners in the process.
  • The teacher perspective asks you to consider your practice from the educator’s point of view. It includes the development of teachers for eLearning, their different roles in the process and the evaluation of practice.
  • The manager perspective asks you to consider the support for the process provided by those in management positions. It includes the policies and procedures which underpin eLearning provision. 
  • The organisational leader perspective asks you to consider the vision for eLearning and also includes the strategic planning and financial aspects of eLearning provision.
  • The quality assurance body perspective asks you to examine your practice from the point of view of accrediting bodies. It includes underlying principles, policies and processes in relation to the vision.

Each perspective in turn addresses:

Designing – the planning, design and preparation of eLearning and assessment materials for delivery to a set of learners. It considers collaborative design, teaching, learner skills, needs and support.

Implementing – the supporting of effective delivery of eTeaching and eLearning. It considers teaching, collaboration, professional development and technical aspects.

Enhancing – the forward planning for ongoing improvement and sustainability of eLearning. It considers ongoing professional development and the gathering and use of evidence for continued improvement and effectiveness.

How do you use the eLearning guidelines?

Three easy steps are required to begin using the guidelines. Use the guideline search. Step 1: select a prespective, for example, Learner. Step 2: select an area, for example, Designing. Step 3: Click Go. The guidelines are prompts for reflection from five perspectives.  When adopting a role in the eLearning and eTeaching process, (as learner, teacher, manager, organisational leader or quality assurance body member) the questions will assist you to consider planning for learning and support, effective implementation and enhancing your eLearning provision from each of those perspectives in turn.  

When preparing a response to the guidelines you select, it is best to reflect and describle what you are currently doing in practice, critically analyse and discuss the implications of the situation (what is working and what is not , challegnes), and explain the actions you might take to change the status quo for improvement. A ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer will not generally suffice as each organisation will reflect on their existing developments in light of their culture, focus areas, curriculum and current place on a continuum of development. Perspective workbooks have been provided to support this enquiry process.

A work in progress

As eLearning and eTeaching evolve each day, the guidelines are offered as a work in progress to be continually nurtured, reconsidered and added to, as our community guides and supports them. We invite you to join the eLearning guidelines journey. Your contribution, suggestions and feedback is appreciated. Please feel free to contact us.


Download the complete list of eLearning guidelines and references for all perspectives.