Designing an on-line learning environment to support the development of generic skills: a case study
Apple Computer Australia
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of Communications and Multimedia
Higher education institutions are experiencing continual pressure from government, industry, funding authorities and students to place a greater emphasis on developing generic skills that are currently delivered through the Òhidden curriculumÓ. In most courses skills such as teamwork, time management, critical thinking and conflict resolution are developed incidentally and rarely made an integral part of the course. However, the demand for these has become a priority issue and can no longer be ignored. This paper explores ways of designing learning environments that help develop these skills through the use of on-line technology. A theoretical model is developed which is based on contemporary teaching methods to enhance generic skills, and this is then used to help design an appropriate interface to promote the development of studentsÕ generic skills. The implementation of the model will be demonstrated with a class of eighty-five third year higher education students who studied project management methodology for multimedia development.