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Designing Online Learning Environments for Distance Learning
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka.
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, ISSN 1550-6908, Vol. 6, no 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The design of an Online Learning Environment (OLE) and presentation of content in a distance educational programme is a major factor in success or failure of the learning programme. The role of instructional designers who design online learning environments for distance learning programmes has become demanding. In order to support instructional designers to do their work effectively, they are provided with instructional design guidelines. However, most of these guidelines are not specific nor easily applicable. Therefore, we were motivated to create sets of easy applicable instructional design guidelines. We selected an OLE which was already reported as successful in achieving learning effectiveness and student satisfaction. We gathered students’ experiences on using the OLE for their studies and analysed the data to find what design components of the OLE has led to the learner satisfaction, what design strategies used to design the learning content and design features of it led to the learning effectiveness and whether there was a relationship between students’ learning style preferences and students’ learning design preferences. The findings of the data analysis were presented as guidelines for instructional designers of online learning materials for novice online learners in distance learning programmes. on computer applications and information technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 6, no 3
Keyword [en]
instructional design guidelines, online learning, distance learning programme
National Category
Information Systems Educational Sciences
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-33410ISBN: ISSN 1550-6908 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-33410DiVA: diva2:283091
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at UCSC, Sri Lanka
Available from: 2009-12-23 Created: 2009-12-23 Last updated: 2015-03-11Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Designing Online Courses for Individual and Collaborative Learning: A study of a virtual learning environment based in Sri Lanka
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Online courses of distance learning programmes at universities are designed considering the characteristics and needs of their adult learners. Basically, there are two types of learners in an online course: individual learners and collaborative learners. Designing for learner satisfaction and learning effectiveness for both types of learners is challenging. In fact, previous research has noted that many online courses fail due to poor design. As a solution, researchers have identified instructional design principles that can guide the design of successful online courses. However, these principles lack detailed information to apply them in contexts different from where they had been identified. This consideration raises a question: how does one adapt the existing design principles to design online courses that promote both individual and collaborative learning, particularly in contexts where online courses are supposed to be conducted with minimal teacher support? In the present research, this question is addressed via two sub-research questions: (1) which course components and their design features can promote learners’ satisfaction, perceived learning, and learning effectiveness, and (2) which course components and their design features can stimulate inquiry-based learning and peer-teaching? The research was carried out in the field of educational design research with sets of students and instructional designers of a virtual learning environment prepared for a university-level degree programme in Sri Lanka. Referring to the findings of this research, the thesis discusses how to design online courses that promote both individual and collaborative learning. Further, based on the findings, the thesis presents a set of design principles and guidelines to promote both individual and collaborative learning in online courses that are on information technology related subjects and prepared for distance learning programmes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm Univeristy, 2015. 214 p.
Series
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 15-008
Keyword
Design-Based Research, Design Experiments, Online Learning, Instructional Design, Design Principles, Design Guidelines, Individual Learning, Collaborative Learning, Inquiry-Based Learning, Peer-Teaching
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114806 (URN)978-91-7649-110-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-04-27, Lilla hörsalen, NOD-huset, Borgarfjordsgatan 12, Kista, 13:00 (English)
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SIDA Funded National e-Learning Centre Project at the University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka
Available from: 2015-04-01 Created: 2015-03-10 Last updated: 2015-04-23Bibliographically approved

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