[AG-TECH] Readings for instructional designers

Jeff Shuckra jshuckra at ahpcc.unm.edu
Wed Dec 13 11:53:15 CST 2000

A question came up this morning about instructional designs that fit the
Access Grid.  There are two learning theories that the AG seems to be
naturally gravitating toward: 1. Kember's Open Learning Systems, 2. Saba's
Systems Theory of Learning.  Basically, they state when students work together
that they feel more of a part of the class.  That social presence helps
learners solve problems and gain a deeper interaction with the content.
Social presence and a working comprehension of the content ultimately increase
the graduation rates of any class- not just distance education.  We see this
everyday on the MUD.  We help each other solve technical problems.  The AG
community learns and we advance.

Anyway, here is an FYI on helpful readings for instructional designers of the

Open Learning Courses for Adults : A Model of Student Progress, by David
Kember  *****

Bonk, C.J. & Reynolds, T.H., & Khan. B.H. (Ed.) (1997).  Learner-centered web
instruction for higher-order thinking, teamwork, and apprenticeship.
Web-based Instruction. (pp. 167-175)  Englewood Cliffs: Educational Technology
Publications.  ****

Distance Education: A Systems View by Michael G. Moore, Greg Kearsley  *****

Gunawardena, C.N. & Zittle, R. (1995).  An Examination of Teaching and
Learning Processes in Distance Education and Implications for Designing
Instruction.  The Third Distance Education Research Symposium. p. 5  ***

jeff shuckra
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