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ERIC Number: EJ1016673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1962
Designing an Online Course Content Structure Using a Design Patterns Approach
Hathaway, Dawn; Norton, Priscilla
Educational Technology, v53 n2 p3-15 Mar-Apr 2013
Despite the central role that well organized and structured course content plays in engaging online learners with content, the authors point to the absence of guidelines for organizing content in ways that meet course learning goals. Recognizing the need for a design solution and, perhaps, the need for a new design model, "design patterns" are proposed as an alternative approach to solving problems of design. Using their own online course design experience, the authors explore the concept of design patterns, borrowed from architects, computer programmers, and Web developers, as an analytical design strategy. The authors conclude with reflections on the power of design patterns as an analytical design strategy as well as questions that might guide a design patterns research agenda.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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