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Continuous improvement through shared understanding : reconceptualising instructional design for online learning

conference contribution
posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by R Sims, D Jones
Many Australian tertiary institutions provide support for academic staff in the design and development of online teaching and learning resources, often employing a centralised unit staffed with educational and instructional designers, multimedia and online developers, audio/video producers and graphic artists. It is not unusual for these units to have evolved from print-based distance education providers and consequently the design and development processes inherent within those units are often steeped in ‘traditional’ sequential instructional development models. We argue that these models are no longer valid for effectively working with academic staff given the dynamic nature of online learning environments and the diversity of skills to implement effective online learning. This paper therefore presents an extended instructional design model in which the development cycle for online teaching and learning materials uses a scaffolding strategy in order to cater for learner-centred activities and to maximise scarce developer and academic resources. The model also integrates accepted phases of the instructional development process to provide guidelines for the disposition of staff and to more accurately reflect the creation of resources as learning design rather than instructional design. It is a model that builds on instructional design processes and integrates concepts of team-based development, shared understanding and the development of relevant communities of practice.



Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (19th : 2002 : Auckland, N.Z.)


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E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

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2002, R.Sims and D. Jones.


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Title of proceedings

Winds of change in the sea of learning : proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), Auckland, New Zealand, 8-11 December 2002