A framework for developing competencies in open and distance e-learning
Patricia B. Arinto , Mar 07, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to the author, "This paper describes the impact of the shift to open and distance e-learning (ODeL), as this trend might be called, on the course design practices of faculty members at a small single-mode distance education university in the Philippines." It's based on "a qualitative study of the ODeL course design practice of 10 UPOU academics." Findings centred on four aspects of course design: content development, teaching strategies, learning activities, and assessment of learning. They show how teachers feel limited when working online, for example, "the reduced opportunity in online teaching contexts for providing direct instruction via lectures." Based on this, the author proposed a framework for developing online and distance education instructor skills. More articles are available from the latest IRRODL, released today.

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