True or False: A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory

See on Scoop.itOnline learning: pros and cons

Of the many eLearning theories that influence the practice, three of them are used by professionals on a daily basis.

Rasma‘s insight:

These three are equally used by professionals on a daily basis? Need to check those sources. This "quick" chart is indeed quick – but is it so comprehensible?


Pritchard’s "Effective Online Learning" (2007) is a good source for clearly explaining learning theory and relating it to online instruction.


My research this year has shown nill online-only course design that achieves anything close to constructivism. The hybrid courses with part face-to-face and part online are the best models for motivating students.


However, no study showed learning was improved, in fact the opposite: learning was the same for the hybrid and face-to-face groups… yet the student self-assessment for the hybrid group was higher. In other words, the students who had some online component in their course had a higher perception of their abilities than did the classroom only students. But the actual abilities were the same for both groups.


Constructivism – needed for any subject in which independent critical thinking is the goal – is the hardest to achieve online. Only simulated classrooms where dialog and discovery, made through ongoing attempts and feedback is possible, come close to it.


In other words, beware MOOCS as a course design to be emulated.

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