ERIC Number: ED466613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
We're Not Designing Courses Anymore.
Hamel, Cheryl J.; Ryan-Jones, David L.
Developing standards for e-learning will have important implications for instructional designers. The most obvious change is that designers will not be designing courses any more; they will be designing small, stand-alone units of instruction called learning objects. This will create a learning object economy that will bring new challenges as well as open new opportunities for designers. This trend will affect the instructional design process in several ways: (1) design of instruction will focus on the creation of small, stand-alone, modular units, rather than courses; (2) units will be designed for multiple contexts of instruction, rather than for specific training requirements; (3) instructional content will be separated from display format, for easy customization of content; (4) instructional content will be standardized to be interoperable with other learning management systems; and (5) instructional units will be tagged and held in a repository so that they can be managed, searched, and easily updated. Instructional designers will have to change their design philosophy if they are to remain competitive and profit in the e-learning market. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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