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Instructional Design for the Web

The debate about online education and how to design coursework and class materials for online classes is exemplified. It is often the practice of many developers to take traditional brick and mortar instructional content and put it online without any changes to the material.

Do you agree with this practice? Why or why not?

Should the content and design of online courses be substantially different from face-to-face course design? Why or why not?

What are some of the challenges and opportunities that distance learning presents to designers?

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Although the answer largely depends on your own personal opinion, I have given you some of my ideas to consider:

I do not advocate the practice of many developers to transfer traditional brick and mortar instructional contents and place them directly online without any changes to the materials. I agree with modifications to traditional content, making it more online friendly.

Although both practices encompass various similarities, there are obvious differences shared by both types. For example, materials must be adapted to accommodate for the online nature of instruction. Instead of books, e libraries and other online resources must replace traditional pen and paper print resources. In addition, other elements of online education must adapt and accommodate traditional instruction. For example, teachers' lesson plans must be presented in a student-centered, user friendly, accessible fashion for online formats. When teachers present their lessons in a traditional fashion, they typically assume the responsibility for clarifying and prior knowledge activation. ...

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