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Peer Review

Instructional Design for eLearning Tutorial

by Chancellor's Office


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 03, 2014 by Teacher Education
Overview: This resource provides an explanation, resources, and tutorials on developing online instructional development at the collegiate level. It is a self-paced support resource to aid the instructional design of online learning. Participants are guided through the five steps of instructional design to support the development of online course development in teaching.
Type of Material: This tutorial resource is set up for the Minnesota State Colleges and University System for several levels: General Education, graduate school and professional –level course development. It is applicable to other institutions of higher learning.
Recommended Uses: As faculty in institutions of higher learning change the type of instruction they deliver to students, the must also provide a different focus to the instruction. This tutorial resource addresses the change-over to electronic delivery systems for several levels: General Education, graduate school and professional–level course development.
Technical Requirements: To operate this resource, participants need a web-based portal. Internet access allows for full use of the resource. The resource is not mobile compatible at this time.
Identify Major Learning Goals: When they have finished this tutorial users will be able to move a face-to-face class to an online format, using Instructional Design principles.
Target Student Population: The target audience for this resource includes faculty or instructors at several levels of collegiate learning: General Education, graduate school and professional–level course development.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: The tutorial is aimed at faculty and instructors who have already taught at the collegiate level and provides knowledge and steps to transfer a face-to-face instructional design to an online design. There is no background in educational theory.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The program is easily understood if the participant has some knowledge of effective instructional design. The ADDIE model used in the tutorial and the five steps are very appropriate to online course development. For faculty and instructors who work to develop online delivery for students, the information is sequential and delivered in suitable steps. Participants can go back and review, delve deeper into the resources, and check out links provided to gain deeper understanding in areas that need further explanation or review. There is a quiz at the end of the tutorial.
Concerns: Some of the links are no longer accessible and some of the links have dated material (1999) and technology has changed so much since then. However, these links provide good information on the design process and should not be considered out-dated as the design model is solid.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The learning objectives support the participants in identifying and explaining the five phases of Instructional design and apply the five phases in converting a face-to-face class to an online class. The material provided in this resource could be used as faculty and instructors work towards redesigning a face-to-face class to online platforms. The tutorial is geared towards participants who move towards changing to online instruction and who want to use newer technologies in teaching. The tutorial is set up in steps with appropriate end activity and quiz to check participant interaction and understanding.
Concerns: With no online experience, some instructors may be challenged in moving through the sections (such as accessing resources, being able to maneuver back and forth between resources and course tutorials). Seeing examples in all of the sections is very helpful: Samples in Step 2 would help participants.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The resource is effective in design. Participants have the capability to move about, go back and forth, click on resources and see tutorials throughout the site. The program does not provide opportunity for users to provide feedback, ask questions, or input a design of online instruction. However, the intent is to provide tutorials to show the steps and process in a simple format to ease the concern for faculty new to the design and purpose of online instruction. There are not a lot of flashy, distracting graphics. The quiz at the end is a nice touch.
Concerns: This site easy to negotiate and helpful to review information on effective design for instruction. The button: Back to Tutorials takes the participant back to a wide-range of tutorials for the Minnesota State Systems and the user could get lost here in the menu provided on that page.

Other Issues and Comments: The advertisements may be a distraction to users.