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Online Course Design and Research

, , University of Nevada, Reno, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-50-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA


This paper will present findings from the authors' experiences of online course design and teaching, focusing on ten major issues: (1) analysis of audience, (2) selection of course delivery tool and format, (3) methods of course orientation (4) strategies of information delivery, (5) pace control, (6) design of communication, (7) online team building, (8) dealing with special needs or special learning styles of students, (9) strategies of assessment, and (10) alternative options and backup solutions. In this paper, the authors introduce, under each of the ten issues, some very useful and practical online course design tips, the relevance of those tips with previous research, research designs and research questions to examine the design tips, hoping to provide a research agenda for the design of online learning and instruction.


Liu, L. & Maddux, C. (2003). Online Course Design and Research. In A. Rossett (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2003--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1078-1081). Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 25, 2019 from .


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