WikiEdProfessional eLearning Guidebook/Online-learning course development models/The integrated model
This model is closest to a full online-learning course. Such courses are often offered via a comprehensive learning management system. They comprise availability of much of the subject matter in electronic format, opportunities for computer conferencing, small group-based collaborative online learning activities, and online assessment of learning outcomes. For the moment though, some of the subject matter content will be best-accessed offline in already published textbooks and other sources. The learning and teaching in these courses takes place in the computer conferences, in which the prescribed readings and the assigned tasks are discussed. Much of this learning and teaching activity is fairly fluid and dynamic as it is largely determined by individual and group activities in the course. To some extent, this integrated model dissolves the distinctions between “teaching” and “learning” in favor of the facilitation of learning (see Bielaczyc, & Collins, 1999).