Educational Design as a Key Issue in Planning for Quality Improvement

Educational Design as a Key Issue in Planning for Quality Improvement

Albert Sangra (University of Catalonia, Spain), Lourdes Guardia (University of Catalonia, Spain) and Mercedes Gonzalez-Sanmamed (University of Coruna, Spain)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-950-2.ch017
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the need for redesigning courses to develop an appropriate educational or instructional model to achieve a high level of quality in e-learning. It argues that e-learning must be integrated as a process of innovation in the institution for it to become a factor of improvement in the quality of higher education. Transition from conventional education to any model of e-learning demands a well-founded planning strategy to ensure quality in education delivery. Consequently, drawing up strategic plans for the integration of e-learning in our institutions is fundamental. The authors consider there is an obvious need for a greater study into the use of instructional design models and techniques in the sphere of e-learning. The selection of the most suitable instructional design model should allow researchers and practitioners to increase the quality of the educational offerings.

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Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
Marco Adria, Katy Campbell
This chapter is concerned with how individuals may examine the potential for social change arising from interactions in an e-learning environment.... Sample PDF
E-Learning as Nation Building
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Chapter 2
Margaret Haughy
This chapter delineates changing organizational responses to the provision of faculty support for teaching and learning in six large Canadian... Sample PDF
Organizational Models for Faculty Support: The Response of Canadian Universities
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Chapter 3
Oriel Kelly
What strategies and support are effective for shifting the mindset of expert teachers to become expert e-learning teachers? This chapter outlines... Sample PDF
Moving to Blended Delivery in a Polytechnic: Shifting the Mindset of Faculty and Institutions
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Chapter 4
Tony Bates
This chapter is a case study of how a polytechnic developed a strategic plan for e-learning. It describes the institution’s rationale for moving... Sample PDF
Strategic Planning for E-Learning in a Polytechnic
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Chapter 5
Maggie Beers
This chapter describes the participatory role faculty members have played in the first year of a five-year initiative that uses e-learning to... Sample PDF
Using E-Learning to Promote Excellence in Polytechnic Education
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Chapter 6
Ellen Vogel, Bill Muirhead
Increasingly, nurses work in practice settings that employ the latest information and communication technology (ICT) to research, administer, and... Sample PDF
Teaching and Learning in a Laptop Nursing Program: Institutional and Pedagogical Issues
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Chapter 7
Dirk Morrison
This chapter discusses the imperative prerequisite to the effective adoption of e-learning by institutions of higher education, namely, the adoption... Sample PDF
E-Learning in Higher Education: The Need for a New Pedagogy
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Chapter 8
Gail Wilson
This chapter analyzes approaches to faculty development for e-learning in post-compulsory institutions. Everett Rogers’ (2003) diffusion of... Sample PDF
New Skills and Ways of Working: Faculty Development for E-Learning
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Chapter 9
Cathy Gunn, Mandy Harper
This chapter describes a seven-year, incremental process of e-learning development within science courses at a large research university. The... Sample PDF
Using E-Learning to Transform Large Class Teaching
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Chapter 10
Richard A. Schwier, Mary E. Dykes
This chapter reports a three-year case study of communication strategies in online discussions in a graduate seminar and extends preliminary... Sample PDF
The Continuing Struggle for Community and Content in Blended Technology Courses in Higher Education
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Chapter 11
Martha A. Gabriel
This chapter explores the role of instructors and the perspectives they bring to teaching in e-learning environments. It suggests that when... Sample PDF
Toward Efective Instruction in E-Learning Environments
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Chapter 12
Dianne Conrad
Learning to teach online presents new challenges to even seasoned instructors. In an age of technological wizardry, the author of this chapter... Sample PDF
The Plain Hard Work of Teaching Online: Strategies for Instructors
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Chapter 13
Helen Wozniak
The encouragement of learner-to-learner interaction in asynchronous discussions can be achieved by providing learner support in the early stages of... Sample PDF
Empowering Learners to Interact Effectively in Asynchronous Discussion Activities
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Chapter 14
Tannis Morgan, Karen Belfer
In this chapter, we present a framework for planning communication activities according to the level of structure and potential dialogue desired in... Sample PDF
A Framework for Choosing Communication Activities in E-Learning
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Chapter 15
Richard F. Kenny
In this chapter, I argue that instructional designers must use research and theory to guide them to new and justified instructional practices when... Sample PDF
Using Problem-Based Learning in Online Courses: A New Hope?
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Chapter 16
Luca Botturi, Lorenzo Cantoni, Benedetto Lepori, Stefano Tardini
This chapter proposes a renewed perspective on a known project management model, fast prototyping, which was adapted for the specific issues of... Sample PDF
Fast Prototyping as a Communication Catalyst for E-Learing Design
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Chapter 17
Albert Sangra, Lourdes Guardia, Mercedes Gonzalez-Sanmamed
This chapter focuses on the need for redesigning courses to develop an appropriate educational or instructional model to achieve a high level of... Sample PDF
Educational Design as a Key Issue in Planning for Quality Improvement
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Chapter 18
Tracey L. Leacock, John C. Nesbit
Working from the premise that students need advanced self-regulated learning (SRL) skills to succeed in e-learning environments, this chapter... Sample PDF
Cognitive Tools for Self-Regulated E-Learning
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Chapter 19
Elizabeth Murphy, Thérèse Laferriere
his chapter considers some of the issues related to the adoption of online synchronous communication tools and proposes strategies to help deal with... Sample PDF
Adopting Tools for Online Synchronous Communication: Issues and Strategies
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Chapter 20
Adnan Qayyum, Brad Eastman
Slideware such as PowerPoint might be the most common software used for e-learning, yet is remarkably understudied. We begin this chapter by... Sample PDF
Knowledge is PowerPoint: Slideware in E-Learning
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