Implementing a Positive Approach to Offshore Teaching

A. Fuller, P. McFarlane (Australia), and C.L. Lam (Malaysia)


education, internet, WebCT, team teaching Implementation


A common model for offshore teaching involves intensive delivery by an Australian academic with local staff supporting the subject. This paper discusses the implementation of an alternate approach; the POSITIVE team teaching model. Our approach utilized common web-based technologies, enabling the Australian and local academics to work shoulder to shoulder. Offshore students benefited from the increased contact with Australian academic afforded by the use of these technologies. The Positive model applied Our solution is to apply the POSITIVE Model[1]. This encapsulates a series of procedures that academics involved in offshore teaching can follow for any subject. Figure 1 illustrates the essential elements of the POSITIVE Model.

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