What's the course about?
The course provides an introduction to key moral theories that feature in contemporary policy debates, and reflects on the tensions between ethics and politics.
This is a core course in the Masters of Public Policy, and students are generally already working—or hope to work—in public policy.
How is the course delivered?
Creating space for people to "find their feet"
Lisa made a strategic decision to limit her involvement in discussions, allowing the students to own the space and not be influenced by an authoritative voice.
She established students' expectations early in the course by not contributing to discussions but being clear that she was reading everyone's posts, and reaching out to students individually with feedback or guidance when required. This light touch approach, in combination with her question-driven activities, is intended to encourage participation and independent thinking.
A structured course with weekly videos
Students get access to the course resources week-by-week, which scaffolds the course learning but also allows Lisa to adapt it if there are events outside the course that have particular significance to what they're studying.
Every week the course tutor posts a video, reflecting on the previous weeks content and conducts a quick review of the discussion post topics. This is followed by a weekly video tutorial by Lisa.
Weekly content overview (Interactive)
Lisa's advice to others designing an online course