n South African Computer Journal - Structured educational design and modelling for digital courses : research article




Today there seems to be a tremendous interest in e-learning, and in particular Web-based education. There also seems to be a lot of experimentation with e-learning. However, despite the interest, experimenting, research and the potentials of virtual learning, it also seems that the implementation of e-learning systems has not been as indicative as the advancement of technology allows. Although the reasons for this lack of full-scale successful implementations and continuation of e-learning programmes often differ amongst institutions, standardizing electronic educational processes is a prerequisite to successfully enter the market of e-learning. In this paper we consider the consequences of e-learning design and implementation on the working processes and on the roles to be fulfilled in the usually cyclic process of course development and -exploitation. We analyse generic course design according to the principles of competence-oriented education and present a framework in which digital learning systems can be designed and implemented in such a way that it is possible to maintain course quality, reuse course components and simplify course maintenance.


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