CEC Faculty Articles

Title

The framework for DIRECTED online learning environments

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-1999

Publication Title

The Internet and Higher Education

ISSN or ISBN

1096-7516

Volume

2

Issue

1

First Page

55

Last Page

67

Description

A steady increase in the development and use of online instructional delivery systems in higher education institutions is expected to occur over the next few years. Online learning environments (OLEs) will emerge to provide comprehensive support for the process of learning and instruction. Currently, educators and administrators are seeking guidance for conceptualizing and implementing OLEs. A framework is needed to represent the essential aspects of OLE development and use, and to address the complex nature of OLEs. This paper offers a definition for OLEs. Also, a framework is presented to support a “directed” approach to OLEs that provides a basis for planning, designing, implementing and evaluating OLEs, and for online courses contained within OLEs. The elements of the framework for DIRECTED OLEs, Delivery, Interaction, Resources, Evaluation, Culture, Technology, Education, and Design, are defined and issues concerning the elements are presented.

DOI

10.1016/S1096-7516(99)00009-3

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