Karen Hambly has raised two issues in her post:
1. What is the best way to communicate the module to students to try to only have those students who are suited to this type of delivery signing up for the option?
2.How you equate an online module with contact hours.
My suggestion regarding the first issue is communicating to students to sign in for module online will involve campaign and awareness and possibly workshop on the benefits of online courses. The facilitators should be able to provide cogent reasons on the benefits of e-learning courses. Besides making the online module interactive can arose the interest of learning so before referring students to sign on for online courses, the facilitators should have create an interactive and engaging online module to stimulate students' interest.
On the second issue, how to equate an online module with contact hours, The use of Learning Management System is very crucial to this because it tracks what each student do online and the online module should be design to involve series of quizzes and test that can generate feedback from the students if the LMS is not in used. For instance, in a 30 minutes online module course, it suggest it should be breaking down into 6parts of 4-6minutes each with quiz or any activities that will require students response.
Hope my contribution is useful, looking forward to hear from u guys
Cheif E-Learning Expert
2E Educational Services