ERIC Number: ED466157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Supporting Faculty in the Design and Structuring of Web-Based Courses.
Freeman, H.; Ryan, S.; Boys, J.
This paper reports on the development and extension of a concept mapping tool into a complete online course design support framework for academics: CEDOT (Course Elicitation, Development and Output Tool). The tool provides a course design framework that faculty work through in an order of their choosing. It gives context specific help and advice that will enable them to complete all the required elements. As well as taking them through the course design process and creating a document that adheres to a university-defined format, at its core is a concept mapping and navigation tool to plan and structure the relationship between the various course elements, processes and resources. The course design framework outlined in this paper applies to Web based courses and to courses designed to be delivered "conventionally" through face-to-face teaching or through mixed modes of delivery. A key feature of CEDOT is that at any time during the course development process the thinking and work carried out so far can be made available via the Web to other academics associated with the course. They can comment on the course structure so far developed and their input can be incorporated into revised versions. CEDOT will output documentation associated with the course in various formats, exploiting the potential of XML according to the needs of identified groups. This includes information for course administrators and validation/approval committees and information for the student handbook and course guides. The tool is more than a documentation framework; it also enables the publishing of the course resources onto the Web implementing the navigational structure as developed in the concept map element of the tool. This Web structure may be in outline form, i.e. a navigational structure is in place with descriptors of the course content for further development or if appropriate, a fully functioning and complete version of the course resources may be output. Another key feature of CEDOT is its use of XML so that outputs can be customized according to the needs of different groups. CEDOT will also conform to emerging standards for learning architectures. (Contains 11 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)