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ERIC Number: EJ1138409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1537-2456
Using a Design Pattern Approach to Structure Online Course Content: Two Design Cases
Norton, Priscilla; Hathaway, Dawn
International Journal on E-Learning, v16 n2 p175-193 Apr 2017
Despite the central role that well organized and structured course content plays in engaging learners, 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 framework, design patterns are proposed as an alternative. After describing the elements of a design pattern approach, the authors examine two design cases, demonstrating how the design pattern approach is an applicable design strategy for structuring course content. The authors conclude with a summary of the design pattern approach and four ways in which a design pattern approach facilitates the design process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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