Designing eLearning Materials

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Presentation given to eLearning/Instructional Design students on MSc in Applied eLearning and Postgraduate Diploma on Third Level Learning and Teaching.

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Designing eLearning Materials

  1. 1. Designing eLearning Materials Dr. Pauline Rooney © Pauline Rooney (2006)
  2. 2. What do we mean by design?  Look & feel  Structure  Strategy  Pedagogy  Appropriateness
  3. 3. What factors are involved? support required need context EFFORT purpose end-user resources maintenance
  4. 4. Instructional design process     Analysis Design & development Implementation Maintenance & evaluation
  5. 5. (1) Analysis: questions to ask……       What - is the function and purpose of your e-learning? Who - are the users and what do they know already? Why - online? How - will it be developed and maintained? Where - were will it be used/viewed ? When - is it required ?
  6. 6. (1) Analysis: what…… is the function and purpose of your e-learning?     Run fully online distance course? Supplement f2f course? (Blended learning) Administrative - reduce photocopying, facilitate communication, disseminate results Educational – disseminate content, assessment, revisionary aids, resources, communications
  7. 7. (1) Analysis: who…… are the users and what do they know already?        Age Full-time/part-time Occupation Socio-economic group Preferred learning style Any disabilities? Level of computer literacy
  8. 8. (1) Analysis: why…… online?  Is e-learning the most effective way of achieving your learning outcomes?
  9. 9. (1) Analysis: how…… will it be developed and maintained?    Time available Technical resources Be realistic!
  10. 10. (1) Analysis: where…… were will it be used/viewed ?  Within the college – facilities available? Software issues?  Student homes – Dial-up or broadband? Cost factor.  Student workplaces – Firewall/security issues.
  11. 11. (1) Analysis: when…… is it required ?   Next week, next month, next semester? What do you have time to do considering your resources?
  12. 12. (2) Design & development – Ensure that content is easy to navigate   – – – use consistent navigation chunk information Be concise Ensure “ scannability” on screen Avoid too much scrolling (esp. horizontal)
  13. 13. Top mistakes of web design (1)  Going overboard with high tech  Under construction signs  Misusing graphics  Non-standard fonts  Complex backgrounds  Too many animations  Orphan pages
  14. 14. Top mistakes of web design (2)  No organisation  No unique content  Too many ideas  No authoritativeness  Outdated links or information  Negative declarations  Link problems
  15. 15. What can you do now?      Find out what resources are available Learn from others Participate in an online course/ web conferencing session Learn how to use the software Test and get feedback and advice
  16. 16. Remember   Think it through! E-learning is not always the right answer

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