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Vassilakis, P.N. (2004a).  Instructional design in online environments: Challenges and possibilities.  2nd Annual SLATE Conference (Supporting Learning and Technology in Education), Chicago, IL: University of Chicago.

Abstract  (click here for the PowerPoint presentation)

Online supplements to university courses are by now common. However, there are still no generally accepted standards against which the quality of such supplements can be measured and no consensus has been reached on what types of material these supplements should include in order to be more than just electronic lecture notes. The inclusion of multimedia course material in online course supplements appears to be a good means of enhancing learning but presents several challenges in terms of design, production, and dissemination. The presentation will address conceptual and technical issues related to instructional design in online environments, while questioning the motivations behind the ongoing growth of higher education online distance learning and outlining the challenges involved.