Basic principles of online learning design

The advice provided so far is intended for the design of online learning materials but it provides guidance on sound learning design which can, in the most part, be applied to print-based, face-to-face or any other learning resource format. However, the medium used for delivery is an important driver of the presentation of learning materials. Just as a journalist would write differently for the ear (eg radio) than they would for the eye (eg newspaper), a learning designer should allow the medium to determine each of the items listed below.

Select each item to see online design guidelines for each.

  1. Language
  2. Presentation
  3. Activity types
  4. Page layout
  5. Use of images
  6. Size of product
  7. Availability of resources for learners
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