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Developing e-learning courseware through prototyping to achieve sustainable development in higher education: some conceptual and pedagogical principles.

Onasanya, S.A.; Oduwaiye, R.O.; Shehu, R.A.

Abstract:
In the recent time, achieving sustainable development and excellence in higher education is anchored on effective development of courseware and its application in a web-enabled environment. The development of interactive e-leaming courseware has focused largely on the instructional design approach of multimedia applications and has brought about a substantial amount of success in producing engaging multimedia educational resources. However, challenges associated with early stages of e-learning courseware development are significant when compared to those at the later stages. Addressing these challenges requires sensitivity to the process dynamics, besides the technical know-how. This paper is based on an in-progress project to develop courseware material for online learning. The project is carried by Centre for Research and Development, University of Ilorin, Nigeria in conjunction with all the academic staff of the University. In this project, prototyping is adopted as the developmental model to navigate the project through the early challenges, with the intention of securing incremental small-step successes. Within this developmental model, the paper then describes the intricacies of integrating instructional design principles and evaluation techniques to tackle the challenges of the evolving prototypes. This paper represents the reflections of the author as practicing instructional designer, and it should interest readers who want to see a stronger connection between the theory and practice of courseware development. The general reader may also find the concept of prototyping helpful, given the constant demand to innovate in the learning contexts, and may well find some applicability for it in their own contexts.

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Title of Paper: Developing e-learning courseware through prototyping to achieve sustainable development in higher education: some conceptual and pedagogical principles.
Conference Name: KIU-HERPNET International Conference on Research in African Higher Education for Sustainable Development.
Conference Date: 2009-08-20
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2009
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:Nigeria
Keywords:E Learning, Online Learning, Online Teaching, Pedagogy, Higher Education and Development, Innovation and Higher Education, Learning, Teaching, Course Design, Course Development, Prototyping


File Size:381 KB
Rights:Permission granted by editors
Date Added:21 October 2009


Onasanya, S.A.; Oduwaiye, R.O.; Shehu, R.A. (2009). Developing e-learning courseware through prototyping to achieve sustainable development in higher education: some conceptual and pedagogical principles. Paper presented at the KIU-HERPNET International Conference on Research in African Higher Education for Sustainable Development, Kampala, August 2009.