- Match to the curriculum
- Learner engagement
- Innovative approaches
- Effective learning
- Formative Assessment
- Summative Assessment
- Coherence, consistency & transparency
- Ease of use
Match to the curriculum
The pedagogy should be matched with and aligned to the appropriate curriculum through clear objectives; the relevance of content covered; the appropriateness of student activities; and the nature of the assessment.
The pedagogy should support inclusive practice seen in terms of different types and range of achievement; physical disabilities that can be particularly supported by e-learning; different social and ethnic groups; and gender.
The pedagogy should engage and motivate learners. This engagement should be evident in an ethos of being both educational and motivating.
It should be evident why learning technologies are being used, rather than a non-technological approach which achieves the same end as effectively. E-learning should be fit for purpose.
This principle can be demonstrated in a variety of ways; for example, by using a range of different approaches in the learning platform that will allow the student to choose one that suits her, or that can be personalised to her, or by satisfying a number of the characteristics of good learning (learner agency; learner autonomy; enabling or encouraging collaboration).
The pedagogy should provide formative assessments.
The summative assessments must be valid and reliable; comprehensible by teachers, learners and parents; able to deal with a range of achievement levels; and free from adverse emotional impact on the learner.
Coherence, consistency & transparency
The pedagogy must be internally coherent and consistent in the way the objectives, content, student activity and assessment match to each other. It must be open and accessible in its design.
Ease of use
E-learning should be transparent in its ease of use.
Technology solutions need to be justifiable and affordable and the costs sustainable.