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Part 1: What is e-Learning and what is it not?

Before you even start to think about designing your own e-learning course there are a few things you need to think about. But let’s first take a look at the definition for e-learning… “What is e-learning?”

If you search the internet you will probably be faced with a few different definitions, “education via the Internet” and “internet enabled learning” come to mind. However even though those terms scientifically clarify the phenomenon of e-type learning, they are actually not adequate in their depiction. The fact remains that there is a huge distinction between electronic forms of learning and e-learning. Real e-learning is engaging. Real e-learning is a vibrant, dynamic, and provides the user an exciting way to learn new skills and concepts. It is all about engaging the learning and enabling learning in new and exciting ways. Real e-learning is interactive and capable of holding learners’ attention by involving them in their own learning experience, every step of the way. Real e-learning is immersive and flexible to incorporate various learning.

As you can see e-learning is not just pretty pictures on a page with bullet points. Effective e-learning is self-paced and accessible. It incorporates basic Instructional Design principals and includes various forms of media as well as some form of evaluation.

This is where I use the ADDIE model. The ADDIE model is a systematic instructional design model consisting of five phases (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate).

In the next few posts I will go into more details about each of the phases. By the end of this series of blogs you would have built up enough knowledge to start designing your very own e-learning modules.

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Louise Theodorides, Sports Coach UK, Instructional Designer (e-learning)

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Call to action:

Organisations: Sports Coach UK has developed a number of e-Learning modules to provide more flexible learning opportunities for coaches undertaking both informal and formal learning, which may lead to coaching qualifications. Find out more about the courses and how you can offer them to your coaches.

Coaches: You can find out more about what’s available by visiting the Sports Coach UK Learning Hub.


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