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Designing online courses: user-centered practices

Computers and Composition Volume 18, Number 4, ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Teachers who develop Web-based courses must learn to act like designers; however, the type of design practice one undertakes has more than pedagogical implications. It can have political and ethical implications as well. In this article, I compare two models for design—systems and user-centered—each of which embodies different values. I argue that models of technology design can be applied to the development of Web-based courses and that various forms of user-centered design embody the values most compatible with writing instruction. While acknowledging the difficulties of enacting such models when developing Web-based courses, I present strategies for adopting a user-centered design paradigm in distance learning.


Blythe, S. (2001). Designing online courses: user-centered practices. Computers and Composition, 18(4), 329-346. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved June 8, 2023 from .

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