Online Learning Consortium Launches Courseware in Context

Leila Meyer, Campus Technology, Oct 17, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This could be really handy for a lot of people. The idea is "to help postsecondary decision-makers make informed selections of digital courseware products, and support effective adoption and implementation of these solutions." The Courseware in Context (CWiC) Framework is not a framework in the traditional sense, but is composed of the following tools (quoted):

  • A product taxonomy designed to give educators, instructional designers and administrators information about courseware product capabilities and attributes;
  • A list of published research to help instructional designers and administrators make connections between courseware capabilities and related research; and
  • Guides to help administrators assess practices and policies related to effective courseware implementation at the course and institution level.

The resources are available as a PDF and Excel spreadsheet. There are no company or product listings (you have to do that yourself - the tools help you do this). An interactive-web-based version is planned but not yet available. You'll be required to provide name and email in order to access the materials.

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