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ERIC Number: EJ973021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 0
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1556-3847
An Analysis of Organizational Approaches to Online Course Structures
Lee, Cheng-Yuan; Dickerson, Jeremy; Winslow, Joe
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v15 n1 Spr 2012
The structure of an online course, including the navigational interface, visual design of materials and information, as well as the communication tools to facilitate learning, can affect students, instructors, programs and educational organizations in various ways. This paper examines online course structural issues derived from previous research as well as the authors' collective experiences as instructors, instructional designers, and online learners at multiple universities. Three organizational philosophies of online course structure are analyzed, and ten key components for developing a well-organized online course are presented based on established design principles. This information is intended to help emerging online instructors understand their own organizational culture and to develop a more standardized approach to online course design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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