Cath Ellis’ Ten Commandments of eLearning
Taken from her blog post Monday, 20 April 2009
Frequently when I talk to colleagues about eLearning they say something like 'I set up a bulletin board/blog/wiki etc but the students didn't use it'. My response to them is always the same: that the problem is more likely to be with their design rather than with their students. Over the years I've learned a lot of things about what good design really means and I've grouped them all together into a Ten Commandents of eLearning. This is not intended to be blasphemous or disrespectful but rather is inspired by the Christian commandments in that all they're doing is presenting a set of basic principles to work to. Like the original ten commandments, with these the first is the most important. I hope you find them useful.
By Ramon FVelasquez (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
1. Put the pedagogy (not the technology) first:
2. Be aware of workloads and work patterns (yours and theirs):
3. Balance risks with safety:
4. Balance obligations with rewards:
5. Make ethics a priority:
6. Model good practice:
7. Make expectations clear:
8. Establish patterns and stick to them:
9. Keep spaces available for students to use and shape to their own needs:
10. Use/develop protocols:
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