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Course Description

EDUC 456/656: eLearning

Surveys the field of eLearning, identifies the leading learning management systems, and reviews the major trends and issues related to using eLearning to improve educational results. Reflects on the role of eLearning in the National Education Technology Plan. Identifies interoperability standards used in K-12, post-secondary, government, and industrial applications. Provides design and development experience creating online learning modules for a major open source eLearning system.


Your grade in this course will be based on your performance on a series of assignments that appear on this online syllabus. At any time, you can view the assignments. This list of assignments provides you with a snapshot of what you need to do in this course. All the rest is optional. It is totally up to you how much of the other material you will want to complete. Your instructor will help guide you, depending on the topics you choose to pursue.


You will receive grades on three kinds of activities. First, there are communication assignments that involve you in online discussions with your fellow classmates and your instructor. Second, you will propose and make a presentation in class about one of the learning theories or environments included in this course. Third, using tools of your choosing, you will create a Web site that helps people learn something.


The key word in this course is flexible. As you work through the modules in this course, many educational technology techniques and approaches will be presented. No one would have time to study all of these materials in depth in one course. Do not feel overwhelmed, therefore, if it seems like there is a lot of material here. There is, but the purpose is to enable you to pick and choose the tools and techniques most useful to your project's goals.