Instructional Design for Online Learning


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This is a collection of favorite websites to connect you to further links, provide you with some ideas and help you narrow down a search.  I hope that you will find them useful.  Let us know if you want to add any categories / websites.

"The rules are there to be broken, but first you have to know the rules." Anon.


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General Instructional Design Resources

Accredited Online Schools and Colleges--Complete list of accredited online college degree programs and online degrees
Accredited Online Schools and Colleges--In-depth guide to accreditation in higher education
Comprehensive listing of online graduate certificates in instructional design, online teaching, e-learning, and related fields
Definitions of Instructional Design--Adapted from "Training and Instructional Design", Penn State University.
Education Place--this is a good site for online games

Instructional Technology--Though many design models exist, twelve authors impart their perspectives and address these design aspects as they impact their educational experiences. University of Houston.

MastersInEducationOnline--provides helpful information on the challenges students and recent graduates face; challenges such as selecting a teaching specialty, understanding career options and outlooks, and finding a quality online master's program

Online Degree Programs by Directory of Schools earn online degrees from accredited universities, colleges, academies and institutions.
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Assessment Strategies
Assessment in and of Collaborative Learning--Developed and edited by the Washington Center's Evaluation Committee.
Changing Assessment to Improve Learning: Northumbria Assessment Conference.
Evaluation Center to provide national and international leadership for advancing the theory and practice of program, personnel, and student/constituent evaluation, as applied primarily to education and human services.
Instruction & Assessment Portfolios. Portfolio Overview.
Links to sites on assessment in Higher Education.
Online Resources for Assessment Comprehensive list of assessment activities and strategies by RMC Research Corporation.

Web-based Assessment: Two UK Initiatives.

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Designing for Inclusion

Color Deficiency: Color perception problems are more wide-spread than people think, and have more causes and variations,  © 2001 Diane Wilson.

This site is a good simulator of Color Blindness.

Do's and Don'ts for Color Blind Design.

Ensuring Equity with Alternative Assessments.

E-zine of the International Disability Exchanges and Studies (IDEAS) Project 2000-2004.

Falling through the Net: Reporting on the Digital Divide.

Information on Learning Disabilities, learning disorders, attention deficit disorder, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dysnomia, speech disorder etc.

Online Textbook. Collaborative Teaching: Special Education for Inclusive Classrooms © 2000-2001 Parrot Publishing, L.L.C.
WebAim. The Web Accessibility "How To" site.

Web Accessibility Resources by Genasys (Generating Assistive Technology Systematically).

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Designing of Online Activities
Busy Educator's Guide to the World Wide Web.

Case Studies in Instructional Technology and Design. Compelling multimedia instructional design cases on the web allow beginning and experienced developers to explore issues and practice in instructional design.

Lloyd's Gallery of Neat Stuff.  Interactive simulations and games related to understanding instructional technology.
Make Online Puzzles as engaging activities for learning concepts, maps and processes.

Merriam-Webster Online: Language center where you can look up words, play word games and add a free word-search to your website.

Quia - Where learning takes you. Create your own educational activities on the Internet. Play activities in various topics that others have created.

Ulead COOL 3D

UMUC-Verizon Virtual Resource Site for Teaching with Technology. Provides information about using the web to design and deliver interactive online courses.

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Evaluating a Good Website

Evaluating Products and Developing an Overall Strategy for technology-based course development and management.

Checklists of Checkpoints for Web Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.

Criteria for Courseware Evaluation. What are the goals of design evaluation?

Evaluating Website Content--information teaching kids how to evaluate whether a website is good or not

Jakob Nielson's bi-weekly column on Web usability.

Menu--This site gives you 8 steps of checking information on a website.

Software & Courseware Design & Evaluation. ACE publications.

Web Tool for Comparative Analysis: This site is designed to help educators evaluate and select online delivery software.

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Fabulous Freebies
Building Free Online Communities and host free online chat rooms.
CommSy is a free WWW-based system supporting communication within communities.
Corel Photos: It's their largest Freebies update ever: clipart, photos, brushes and image lists. Over 60 files in all.
Daily Updates on Distance Education.

Educational Freeware--contains some of the best educational freeware on the web
Find Fabulous Photos for your website - free downloads.

Flash Experiments for Biology and Science.

Free Educational Software, Marianne Wartoft AB

Free Online Seminars about online learning.

Free Scripting to make your web page more dynamic and interesting.

Guidelines for Searching the Internet for Sources, including the use of engines and directories, formulating search terms and using Boolean logic.

Internet and Education: Reporting on daily internet activities of users. Findings of the Pew Internet & American Life Project. 

Web Conferencing, collaboration and online meetings.
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Facilitation Skills / Teaching Strategies
Strategies for Teachers - One Computer Classroom.

Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses.

Teaching Strategies: The purpose of these pages is to assist faculty and graduate student instructors (GSIs) in their teaching by providing online teaching strategies.

Teaching with Electronic Technology. Reflects uses for computing and electronic technology in teaching.

Tips and Strategies - from Peak Learning Systems' resources, such as Motivation & Learning, Teaching Tips, and Teaching Treasures.

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International Conferences
Conferences of Interest to the global Information Systems community.
Conferences Relevant to Distance Education and Development, especially on communication, culture and distance education in Africa.
Information & Research Support Education ConferencesInformation on the Web General Information | World Wide Web Conferences Conferences run or sponsored by Charles Strut University
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Learning Styles and Profiles

Index of Learning Styles - Solomon/Felder online questionnaire.

Links to Learning Styles temperament sorters and surveys.

New Students - New Learning Styles. Longitudinal study by Charles Schroeder.

Seven Styles of Learning: according to Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences - Elaine Winters.

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Managing Courseware Design

Collection of Academic Publications describing developments in courseware management systems, techniques for developing computer assisted learning materials.
Collaborative Courseware Development for the Analysis and Design of Software Systems.
Educational Courseware: Instructional Design Links to Learning.
Higher Education Links: Resources and courseware in Engineering and Technology.
Managing the Digital Enterprise is an "open courseware" project that was begun in 1998.
Showcase Site Courseware Course Development Managing Course Content Solutions Teaching Research Learning Instructional Tech Web Page Design Digital Video.
Study Guides for testing, reading, writing, and participation - available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Luganda, Turkish, Russian, German, French, and Italian.
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New Paradigms and Research in Instructional Technology
Cyber Guys--This site is for wireless mouse for PowerPoint presentations.
Design-Research for the Indiana University Bloomington World Wide Report on goals, needs analysis, rapid prototyping, usability testing, and revisions of the IU Bloomington web information structure Instructional Systems Technology.

Concurrent Instructional Design: How to Produce Online Courses Using a Lean Team Approach.

Tech Education--This site shows research about technology in education.
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Publications and Forums
Educational Telematics Discussion List: subscribe at
Information Design  A select Bibliography.
Index for Ed Tech Site  Top Ten Lists Must Read New Books for Instructional Design and Technology / Seminal Papers / BookTalk / Cafe / eNews.
Free E-Books on Online Education /Online Quizzes / FREE Distant Education Newsletter.
ITFORUM A listserv for the Instructional Technology Community with monthly article discussions.
MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching  is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students in higher education.
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Software and Applications

Blackboard e-learning Platform.
Books on drafting and Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
Computer Assisted Teaching and Learning. Free tools for creating on-line multi-media assessments quickly and easily.
Gaining Access Walks you through making your own database.
Gamestack--is an online typing game.
Lexia--Designed with a mature interface, Reading S.O.S. starts with basic first grade reading skills and works up to advanced decoding and comprehension
Macromedia: Dreamweaver, Flash & Fireworks.
Math Pad--Software programs designed to reinforce essential math skills and help your students meet national standards
Programmer's Corner serves those interested in Programming and Writing. We cover many programming languages, including Visual Basic, Power Builder, C/C++, as well as Web Design, Graphic Design, Help Authoring, Kiosks, and Distance Learning.
Quest Multimedia Authoring Tool, the Designer's Edge, the Manager's Edge-training delivery and management tool, and custom courseware solutions.
Respondus is the leading developer of third-party testing and assessment tools for the WebCT™ and Blackboard® e-Learning platforms. Virtual Mechanics IMS Web Engine Software Dynamic HTML authoring software for the design of web pages, games, interactive animation, business presentations and educational courseware.
Visio--free trial software for drawning geometric shapes
WebCT: Web Course Tools for Educators - also join to share in the teaching community.

Whether you need a Faster Net Connection or the latest Software Updates, CNET can help you soup up your aging desktop.

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This page is maintained by Mandi Axmann, Instructional Designer, RAU University, South Africa

Come back to this page frequently to see new links as they are added over the days, weeks, months, years ahead.  Bernie.

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