News and Updates

A quick update and our next coffee course topic

Welcome back everyone! We had some unscheduled downtime last week, which should be all fixed up now thanks to ITS.

Congrats to all of you!

I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge a pretty significant milestone for these coffee courses – we have now had 2,000 comments and more than 100 blog posts since the courses started in 2016. We bought a little gift for the person posted the 2,000 comment and waited in anticipation to see who it would be. Congratulations to Jie Shen from the Research School of Economics for being the lucky winner and receiving a fancy keep cup for all her caffeine needs!

We are so delighted with the comments and participation from everyone – thank you all!

Upcoming event – TELFest

Our team has also been working on another exciting event which might be of interest to coffee course participants. On 5 November, 2018, we will be hosting a free, all-day event dedicated to technology-enhanced learning and education innovation at ANU – TELFest! Pop on over to the TELFest website to learn more, subscribe for updates, and we hope you can join us in November.

Next coffee course – Designing Online Learning Environments

Just in time for the start of Semester 2, we are offering a coffee course on how to design an effective online learning space for your students. This course will give you ideas to design a better course site not just for Wattle (Moodle) but for whatever type of environment you are using. It will unpack a range of visual design and learner experience principles to help guide you in creating purposeful sites for students.

Course Dates

This course will run from Monday, 9 July to Thursday, 12 July 2018 through this blog. There are 4 blog posts, one per day, that will take about 10-15 minutes to work through.


  • Day 1 – Back to basics: What makes a good course site?
  • Day 2 – From chaos to order: Dealing with information overload
  • Day 3 – 5 ways to improve the visual design of your sites
  • Day 4 – Planning for the future: How can we be sustainable?


This course is offered by Jill Lyall, Rebecca Ng, and Thao Tran from ANU Online.

Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education Certificate

This coffee course counts towards Module 2: Course design and development and Module 3: Delivering content online of the Certificate program. Go here to learn more on getting recognised for your participation in coffee courses.

All are welcome

We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University and beyond to join us for this course. Professional development recognition is available for all ANU staff through HORUS. Log in to HORUS and find the course called “Designing Online Learning Environments” under the Training Catalogue. To receive recognition, you will be required to post a comment on every blog.

For more information on this course, please check out the complete listing.

Thanks everyone for your continued support – here’s to the next 2,000 comments!

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