Module 6: Online learning environments


Welcome to the online learning environments module. In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into teaching and learning has become not just an option but a necessity. This module is designed to empower you with the knowledge and skills required to harness the potential of ICT effectively and align your pedagogical practices with the South African ICT in Education Policy.


This comprehensive module explores various facets of ICT integration in education, beginning with an in-depth examination of the imperatives set forth in the South African ICT in Education Policy. We will delve into different approaches to ICT and pedagogical integration, focusing on how technology can enhance and transform teaching and learning experiences.

A key highlight of this module is the concept of the “flipped classroom,” which challenges traditional teaching paradigms. We will explore the principles of instructional design and how they apply to creating engaging online learning environments, including Learning Management Systems (LMS).

Facilitating online learning is a critical skill in today’s educational landscape, and we will delve into platforms like Google Classroom, Facebook communities, and the creation of Google Sites for teaching and learning. We will also explore the broader scope of Learning Management Systems, understanding their role in modern education and how to make the most of these powerful tools.


By the end of this module, educators will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the imperatives outlined in the South African ICT in Education Policy and their implications for educational practices.
  • Explore diverse approaches to ICT and pedagogical integration, enabling them to make informed decisions about technology use in the classroom.
  • Embrace the concept of the flipped classroom and its potential to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes.
  • Apply principles of instructional design to create effective online learning experiences that align with pedagogical goals.
  • Develop proficiency in setting up and managing online learning environments using Learning Management Systems (LMS).
  • Acquire the skills to facilitate and support online learning, fostering a collaborative and interactive virtual classroom environment.
  • Utilize platforms such as Google Classroom, Facebook communities, and Google Sites to enhance teaching and learning experiences.
  • Recognize the benefits and functionalities of Learning Management Systems, enabling them to choose the most suitable LMS for their educational context.