online course design : choosing your platform

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online course design : choosing your platform

  1. 1. The role of technology in your Online course design
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>In this session, we are going to take a look at the following : </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Participants and Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Technologies required for e-learning </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Online learning by its nature makes use of technology and success or otherwise of any online learning design is linked to exploring the right technology by focusing on the instructors, participants and admin staff for whom the technology is going to be implemented for. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Participant and Processes <ul><li>In their book, William Horton's acclaimed book, E-Learning by Design, classifies technologies needed for online courses by looking at Participants and Processes : </li></ul><ul><li>- Producer – who creates the course </li></ul><ul><li>- Host host – offers the course </li></ul><ul><li>- Learner – who access the course </li></ul>
  5. 5. Technologies required- online course design <ul><li>By using the framework of the major categories of technologies needed. </li></ul><ul><li>The producer, host and learners – require three forms of technology : </li></ul><ul><li>- hardware </li></ul><ul><li>- a network connection </li></ul><ul><li>- software </li></ul>
  6. 6. Technologies required – online course design Type of technologies required PRODUCER HOST LEARNER HARDWARE Multimedia workstation Network Server Personal Computer CONNECTION Moderate Speed High Speed Moderate speed SOFTWARE Authoring Software Web Server Software Browser and multimedia
  7. 7. Technologies required for e-learning <ul><li>In implementing technologies for online course design it is recommend that you start with the learning technology environment( the software, hardware and internet connection) then work backwards to the host and the producer. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Online course design technology development plan <ul><li>After going through the technology requirement, you need to decide if you want to buy your own technology platform (in house) or buy already existing ones available on the market(third party vendor. </li></ul><ul><li>Irrespective of which option you go for you have to go through the process of analyzing, designing, building and evaluating the platform which will best work for your organization. </li></ul>

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