Editing and managing content

Strategies for learning and teaching

Students highly value consistency within and across the subjects they undertake. The structure of files and folders as well as the placement of menu elements and links all contribute to the overall usability of the online learning experience.

All learning resources should be developed with accessibility principles and inclusive design in mind. Creating more accessible documents in Word, PowerPoint, PDF and other common file formats will benefit not just students who identify with disabilities but the entire student population.

  • Become familiar with Standard 1 of the Standards for Blended and Online Subject Design (Curriculum and learning materials are aligned, available and engaging) which outlines a range of indicators relevant to subject content
  • Be aware that students will be viewing and interacting with your resources on a range of computers and mobile devices. Test the student experience on a variety of devices where possible.
  • Subject resources should be explicitly supported with helpful and clear documentation for students. The effort developing support up-front will often save time during the teaching period handling student queries.
  • Explore techniques and cultivate the habit of developing more accessible materials. Most major document creation software includes options or preferences for checking and improving the level of accessibility.

Supported technologies

Content folders
You can use folders to structure and organise your LearnJCU site to make it easy for students to find and navigate through your subject materials.

Editing and managing content
Content typically added to LearnJCU includes documents such as Word, PDF or PowerPoint slides; and links to websites you have produced or external sites.

Adaptive release
The Adaptive Release function allows teaching staff to control availability of content using criteria to provide/deny access to subject resources such as lecture materials, quizzes and discussion board forums.

Reserve Online
Reserve Online is JCU's central repository for digitised readings and past exam papers and includes publication and metadata information for these and for other digital media.

Useful technologies

  • Word/PDF/PowerPoint
  • Further resources

  • University of Melbourne: Accessibility Guide for Academics
  • University of Tasmania: Web Accessibility
  • Australian Government Digital Transformation Office: Making Content Accessible