An Instructional Design Approach to Updating an Online Course Curriculum

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Show simple item record Hai-Jew, Shalin 2011-02-24T19:16:45Z 2011-02-24T19:16:45Z 2011-02-24
dc.description.abstract A well-designed curriculum for online learning nurtures both student learning and student retention. While ideally value will be designed into an online curriculum from the start, the reality is that, across the spectrum of e-learning, there is a wide range of quality. Consequently, virtually every online course can benefit from periodic curricular updates. Once online courses are developed and implemented, however, their curriculum might not be changed or updated for some time, if ever. When it does take place, curricular redesign tends to focus on particulars rather than the big picture. Rarely do we step back to fundamentally assess the raison d'etre for a given curriculum — to examine the essential cultural factors that undergird that curriculum and the purposes for which it was created.1 Analyses at that level have great potential to enrich a curriculum. In addition, curricular updates can introduce important new content, and may also introduce pedagogical enhancements that can improve the quality of e-learning. In this context, this article presents ideas for an approach based in the principles of instructional design to updating the curriculum for online courses. Tools from that realm — including establishing processes for effective online learning, templating digital learning objects and modules for quality, defining clear work flows and decision junctures, adhering to standards of legality and ethics, and applying wise leadership and project management—offer a powerful approach to the development and refinement of quality curricula. en_US
dc.relation.uri EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/ AnInstructionalDesignApproacht/219118 en_US
dc.subject Electronic learning en_US
dc.subject Instructional design en_US
dc.subject Online courses en_US
dc.subject Curriculum development en_US
dc.subject Course organization en_US
dc.subject Change strategies en_US
dc.subject Educational strategies en_US
dc.subject Curriculum design en_US
dc.title An Instructional Design Approach to Updating an Online Course Curriculum en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US 2010 en_US
dc.citation.issue 4 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle EDUCAUSE Quarterly en_US
dc.citation.volume 33 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid shalin en_US

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