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Designing Self-Instructional Lessons

Details: One advantage of online learning is that it can be designed as a series of independent learning objects that learners can select in any order. Suppose that you are developing online self-instructional lessons that learners will take entirely on their own without a human facilitator. How might the organization plan be different? How will you provide guidance for learners in the absence of a human facilitator? How will you ensure that learning is talking place?

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In an online self-instruction course learners must regulate their own learning as there is no teacher to help them hence, they must be able to discipline themselves. Most of the online self-instructional lessons are designed as non-linear to take advantage of the expanding technical capabilities of the World Wide Web and corporate intranets. However, it is difficult to regulate learning when the training material used is in a non-linear manner because the content may not be clear, yet learners must be able to learn its structure so be able to understand and remember it. Not all learners can learn the structure of non-linear self-instruction easily. Sometimes there is a need to ask for help from the electronic performance support systems. Self-instruction also provides the learners some control over the instruction and such control may be in the form of the pace of the instruction or it can be letting ...

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The solution discusses how the organizational plan of self-instructional lessons differ from the other online lessons which have facilitators. It also explains how guidance is provided for learners in the absence of a human facilitator and how to ensure that learning is taking place. References included.

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