Using a Design Pattern Framework to Structure Online Course Content: Two Design Cases

ID: 43510 Type: Full Paper
  1. Priscilla Norton and Dawn Hathaway, George Mason University, United States

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Presider: Janice Qualls-Harris, University of Phoenix, United States

Abstract: Despite the central role that well organized and structured course content plays in engaging learners, the authors point to the absence of guidelines for organizing content in ways that meet course learning goals. Recognizing the need for a design solution and, perhaps, the need for a new design framework, design patterns are proposed as an alternative. After describing the elements of a design pattern framework, the authors examine two design cases, demonstrating how the design pattern framework is an applicable approach to structuring course content. The authors conclude with four ways in which a design pattern approach facilitates the design process.


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