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Designing for effective open and distance learning 

In this area I reflect upon the hallmarks of designing for effective distance learning as follows:

  • To be aware of learning needs of target students ((The challenge of predetermining learning needs)
  • Formulate terminal and enabling objectives (The challenge of formulating higher order learning outcomes)
  • Align objectives to assessment tasks (Should every learning objective be assessed?)
  • Provide opportunity for active learning (How to ensure that activities are not tokenistic?)
  • Follow a problem-based approach (Perhaps necessary to prepare learners for knowledge-based society which values innovation, problem-solving and critical thinking)
  • Provide opportunity for collaborative learning (We all learn better by sharing information. How do we strike a balance between personalised and collaborative work?)
  • Promote assessment for learning (Rather than assessment of learning)