Creating Learning Materials for Open and Distance Learning: A Handbook for Authors and Instructional Designers
This handbook has been written for anyone who plans and writes learning materials for use in open and distance learning (ODL). Anyone who is interested in producing better ODL materials will find something of value in this handbook, but the three main target audiences are: • teachers • instructional designers • writers. ODL materials are sometimes prepared by individuals, but more often by small teams made up of people with skills such as curriculum design, instructional design, tutorial support and print or web design skills. This handbook focuses on the instructional design part of the process, although some of the other aspects are dealt with in part. There are four principal ways in which learning materials are produced: • by an instructional designer who is the content-provider and the writer; • by an instructional designer who commissions freelance content-providers to write the materials; • by an instructional designer who converts text provided by a teacher; or • by a team of people, including content-providers, instructional designers and specialists such as audio and video producers. For simplicity, this handbook addresses primarily the first approach – that in which a single writer is both content-provider and instructional designer. If, however, you are an in-house instructional designer who is commissioning content and expertise from others, then you will need to pass on the advice in this handbook to them. In these circumstances, you are likely to be the only person who specialises in instructional design and you will need to guide the other specialists in applying best practice in instructional design.
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Creating Learning Materials for Open and Distance Learning: Introducing the Commonwealth of Learning Instructional Design Template Commonwealth of Learning (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2009)Creating learning materials for open and distance learning: Introducing the Commonwealth of Learning instructional design template COL has developed a template for instructional design that helps content developers to ...
Using Design & Animation Concepts to Produce Animated Instructional Resources that Can Facilitate Open Distance Learning in Science and Technology Education Kwasu, Isaac A; Yalams, Simon M; Ema, Ema (2013-11)This paper presents an outline on how teachers can use “The Design Process and Animation Techniques to produce animated instructional resources (AIR) which, can be used to facilitate Open Distance Learning in especially ...
Murphy, David (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2000)Having been asked to write about how to design and develop distance education courses, I have to start by stating "it all depends". Though it sounds like a bit of a cop out, it's true. Context is paramount. Having worked ...
Freeman, Richard (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2004)This handbook has been written for heads of educational institutions, their senior staff and senior staff of ministries of education who are interested in initiating or extending ODL provision. // The handbook seeks to ...
Training Course Team Members and Supporting OER Development: The Instructional Designer’s Perspective Nonyongo, Evelyn P (2013-11)This paper describes the author’s perspectives on the training and support provided to Course Team Members in Botswana and Zambia during the development of print-based Open Education Resources (OER). These teams produced ...