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An Online Degree Program Course Template Development Process

An Online Degree Program Course Template Development Process

This article describes the use of an instructional design process to develop and test a template for creating and presenting learning materials for an online degree program. Student focus groups, instructor interviews, and analysis of existing teaching materials provided information about the need for portability, flexibility, instructor autonomy and consideration for the different types of interactions, student-content, student-instructor, and student-student in online classes. Rapid prototyping of materials was used to test the ability of the template to facilitate development as well as structure student interactions in online classes. The instructional design process resulted in a superior product and increases confidence about the quality of the results. The use of templates facilitates production of online materials, permits the development of forms-based production systems and ultimately a database supported course production system.


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