Designing Online Courses for Individual and Collaborative Learning: A study of a virtual learning environment based in Sri Lanka
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Online courses of distance learning programmes at universities are designed considering the characteristics and needs of their adult learners. Basically, there are two types of learners in an online course: individual learners and collaborative learners. Designing for learner satisfaction and learning effectiveness for both types of learners is challenging. In fact, previous research has noted that many online courses fail due to poor design. As a solution, researchers have identified instructional design principles that can guide the design of successful online courses. However, these principles lack detailed information to apply them in contexts different from where they had been identified. This consideration raises a question: how does one adapt the existing design principles to design online courses that promote both individual and collaborative learning, particularly in contexts where online courses are supposed to be conducted with minimal teacher support? In the present research, this question is addressed via two sub-research questions: (1) which course components and their design features can promote learners’ satisfaction, perceived learning, and learning effectiveness, and (2) which course components and their design features can stimulate inquiry-based learning and peer-teaching? The research was carried out in the field of educational design research with sets of students and instructional designers of a virtual learning environment prepared for a university-level degree programme in Sri Lanka. Referring to the findings of this research, the thesis discusses how to design online courses that promote both individual and collaborative learning. Further, based on the findings, the thesis presents a set of design principles and guidelines to promote both individual and collaborative learning in online courses that are on information technology related subjects and prepared for distance learning programmes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm Univeristy , 2015. , 214 p.
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 15-008
Design-Based Research, Design Experiments, Online Learning, Instructional Design, Design Principles, Design Guidelines, Individual Learning, Collaborative Learning, Inquiry-Based Learning, Peer-Teaching
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114806ISBN: 978-91-7649-110-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-114806DiVA: diva2:794277
2015-04-27, Lilla hörsalen, NOD-huset, Borgarfjordsgatan 12, Kista, 13:00 (English)
Hudson, Brian, Professor
Ramberg, Robert, Professor
ProjectsSIDA Funded National e-Learning Centre Project at the University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka
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