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thoughts on Online Course Models

just a thought. Can we categorize online courses existing currently as -  ?

Model 1: Text-based information delivery course

Model 2: Multimedia enriched course (Text / images / audio / video / animation ...)

Model 3: Multimedia and activity enriched course (discussion / wiki / blog / journal / quiz / simulation / click-pop / glossary / conference /  peer assessment ...)

Model 4: Project / Design-based course (group or individual)

Model 5: Integrated Model.

any thoughts?




  • Mary Pringle March 21, 2012 - 4:03pm

    I think all of those elements could go to a certain extent into one course. It depends on what the course objectives are, how much time and resources we have, and how many difficult concepts there are to convey. For example, introductory math and computer science courses need a lot of interactives and rich feedback. I know we've talked about triage--courses with very low enrolment won't get as many resources.  I don't think a text-based infomation delivery course is ever a good option without any of the other elements.

  • Hongxin Yan March 21, 2012 - 4:24pm

    I agree, Mary. I think those text-based information delivery courses are still existing.

  • Hongxin Yan March 22, 2012 - 11:44am

    After Mary's comments, I am thinking the "Integrated Model" maybe another one.