ERIC Number: ED464233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Designing Online Learning. Knowledge Series: A Topical, Start-Up Guide to Distance Education Practice and Delivery.
The term "online learning" refers to an Internet- or intranet-based teaching and learning system designed for World Wide Web-based delivery without face-to-face contact between teacher and learner. The Internet is the backbone of online learning. The following media are available to designers of online courses: text; graphics and images; audio and video; animation and 3D models; communication tools; electronic mail; mailing lists; discussion boards; and chat. Designing online learning requires grounding in pedagogy, understanding of the subject to be taught, and understanding of the workings of the Web. The following items are critical to building an online environment: (1) a needs analysis to identify the demand for online courses and course credits and equivalence; (2) a learner profile focusing on hardware/software, Internet access/bandwidth, and costs; (3) an organizational profile identifying expertise and infrastructure and the level of faculty development; (4) a blueprint containing pedagogical features, the media mix, provisions for interaction, assessment procedures, learner responsibilities, and the course's development strategy; (5) institutional preparation; (6) learning materials development; (7) evaluation; (8) promotion of the course; and (9) maintenance and updating. Developing effective online learning requires an understanding of the features of the Web and a carefully planned blueprint for implementation. (Contains 30 references and Web resources.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Uses in Education, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Instructional Design, Internet, Online Courses, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, Systems Approach, Teacher Student Relationship, Web Based Instruction, World Wide Web
For full text: http://www.col.org/Knowledge/ks online.htm. For full text: http://www.col.org/Knowledge/pdf/KS online.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver (British Columbia).