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Elements of Effective e-Learning Design

Elements of Effective e-Learning Design: “Preparing and developing e-learning materials is a costly and time consuming enterprise. This paper highlights the elements of effective design that we consider assist in the development of high quality materials in a cost efficient way. We introduce six elements of design and discuss each in some detail.”
Comment: I enjoyed this paper. Good overview of learning design, and as the authors note, these six elements are important in “assisting in the navigation of the complexities and the often contradictory pressures that influence the development of an effective e-learning design”. One criticism – most elearning design theories ignore a substantial component: informal learning. How do we design for learning that is spontaneous and complex? How do we design for learning that starts with networks and connections, not content? These are important concepts that have yet to be theorized.