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  • The premise of this chapter is that technology for course delivery will change, but effective delivery of content is dependent upon use of appropriate instructional design techniques. The authors take a practical approach by providing guidelines for designing online courses and programs. These guidelines include: (1) designing or selecting a course management tool, (2) course planning and organization, (3) “chunking” content, (4) using interactive teaching and learning strategies, (5) applying adult learning principles, (6) considering self-directed and student-centered learning approaches, (7) using authentic assessment strategies, (8) providing online orientation and technology training, and (9) providing information about appropriate infrastructure for learner support. We use a graduate course, Advanced Methods in Distance Education, as “the case” to provide specific examples of the instructional design components. By following these approaches, you can develop a successful online learning environment.

author list (cited authors)

  • Richards, L. J., Dooley, K. E., & Lindner, J. R.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Richards, Lance J||Dooley, Kim E||Lindner, James R

Book Title

  • Distance Learning and University Effectiveness

publication date

  • January 2004