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Guidelines for E-Learning Programs

Mehrotra, C. M., Hollister, C. D. & McGahey, L. (2001) Distance learning: Principles for effective design, delivery, and evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. [ Publisher/Book Homepage Inside the Book at Amazon ]

  1. Identify the teaching or learning objectives to be achieved, and then choose the technology tools that make the goals achievable. (see Best Practices & Performance Guidelines)
  2. Subordinate technology to the educational objectives. (see Best Practices & Performance Guidelines)
  3. Choose technologies that are appropriate to the educational, geographic, social, and economic status of the learners. (2 year RFP conducted by WAOl statewide selected Angel in 08)
  4. Use a delivery mode as transparently as possible (see 3)
  5. Devise alternative delivery methods for students having special needs. (SSCC's Disability Support Services)
  6. Choose technologies that are established, reliable, adaptable to a range of disciplines, and well supported.We use WAOL's CMS "Angel"Presidium's Tech Support 1-866-425-8412 (24/7) and follow this reporting escalation path
  7. Make plans for an alternative delivery scheme that can be deployed rapidly if the primary delivery system fails. (South has SSCC Web Apps!)
  8. Choose delivery methods that maximize the time that instructors can spend assisting students (see Best Practices & Performance Guidelines)