Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Social Sciences Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Community building, emergent design and expecting the unexpected: Creating a quality eLearning experience
Authors: Thompson, Terrie Lynn
MacDonald, Colla J
Contact Email:
Keywords: eLearning
Emergent design approaches
Higher education
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Thompson TL & MacDonald CJ (2005) Community building, emergent design and expecting the unexpected: Creating a quality eLearning experience, Internet and Higher Education, 8 (3), pp. 233-249.
Abstract: Given the extraordinary interest and growth in eLearning as a learning tool and as an industry, it is notsurprising there is lively debate on quality. A research-based and tested eLearning model was used to design and evaluate an online M.Ed. course in order to study factors that influence the quality of an eLearning event. Several data collection methods were used to explore the experiences of key stakeholders in this case study: learners,design team, and instructors. This study reveals that learners engaged in a level of community that best suited theirneeds. Striving to achieve a spirit of community seemed to yield beneficial learning outcomes. This study alsoexplored the tension between structure and flexibility in course design. While skillful planning and extensiveorganization help create a positive learning environment, the design must also be conducive to rapid re-design as the course progresses in order to respond to learning needs as they emerge.
Type: Journal Article
DOI Link:
Rights: The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.
Affiliation: Education
University of Ottawa

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
thompson & macdonald_2005_IHE_pub_STORRE.pdf135.68 kBAdobe PDFUnder Embargo until 31/12/2999     Request a copy

Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependant on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.