Swayam Central

Design and Facilitation of E-Learning Courses

By Dr. G. Mythili   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
This course describes the foundations, processes, models and theories and instructional design in practice that have evolved from the basic systemic approaches for e-learning environment. Keeping in view the need of the learners, teachers and practitioners of e-learning, this course is planned, designed and developed to acquaint them with the design aspects of Instructional Design. This course is run over 12 weeks and requires 3 to 5 hours of time in each week. Learners will learn from video programmes of subject matter experts, web resources and pdf/ppt contents and also from peer interaction. Activities like quizzes, participation in discussion forums and short assignments helps the learners for better understanding of concepts. After completions of all required activities, learners will receive course completion certificate.

Course Enrollment Start Date

02 – Dec – 2019

Course Enrollment End Date

08  – March – 2020

Exam Date

Will be announced soon

Exam  Slot

Will be announced soon

Mode of Exam

CBT (Computer Based Test)

Learners enrolled: 795


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 01 Jan 2020
End Date : 31 May 2020
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 08 Mar 2020
Category :
  • Teacher Education
  • Level : Diploma


    Introduction to the course (Welcome video clip)

    2 Mins Welcome clip

    30 Mins Introduction to course (outline)

    Week 1: Foundations of Learning


    Study Materials



    Able to

    ·   define e-learning;

    ·   understand the learning and Instructions;&

    ·   Describe the learning theories.

    ·         Theory into Practice Database, Available at http://tip.psychology.org/index.html

    ·         Encyclopedia of Educational Technology, Available at http://coe.sdsu.edu/eet/

    ·         Designing Online Learning by Sanjaya Mishra. Published by the Commonwealth of Learning. Available at http://www.col.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/KS2001-02_online.pdf

    Discussion Forum


    Week 2: Foundations of Learning (cont..)

    ·   Behaviourism

    ·   Schools of Thoughts: Cognitivism

    ·   Schools of Thoughts:  Constructivism

    ·   Schools of Thoughts: Connectivism

    ·         Instructional Design Course of Master of Arts (Distance Education) of STRIDE, IGNOU.

    ·         Instructional Technology:WikiBooks. Available at http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Instructional_Technology

    Discussion Forum


    Week 3: Instructional Design Models and Theories

    ·   Overview of Instructional Design

    ·   Cognitive Load Theory

    ·   Cognitive Flexibility Theory

    Identifying a course and target audience (with need assessment)

    Finalising the course and the target audience and their level

    Week 4: Instructional Design Models and Theories (cont..)

    ·   4C-ID Model

    ·   ASSURE Model

    ·   ADDIE Model

    ·   Dick and Carey Model

    ·   Collaborative Learning

    Identifying the instructional design model for the selected course

    finalising the instructional design model for the selected course

    Week 5: Instructional Design Models and Theories (cont..)

    ·   Collaborative Learning

    ·   Scenario-Based Learning

    ·   Problem-Based Learning

    ·   Top Down and Bottom up models in curriculum Development

    Designing the learning environment for the selected course

    finalising the learning environment for the selected course

    Week 6: Instructional Design Processes

    ·   Blooms Taxonomy

    ·   Gagne’s Nine principles of ID

    ·   Learners and Learning Styles

    ·   Should we be using Learning Styles? What research has to say to practice.Available at http://www.lsda.org.uk/files/PDF/1540.pdf

    Designing learning outcome for the selected course

    finalising learning outcome for the selected course

    Week 7: Instructional Design Processes(cont..)

    ·   Vygotsky: Language of thought

    ·   Banner-Memory and learning

    ·   Learning Objectives


    Discussion Forum


    Week 8: Computer Mediated Communication

    ·   Concept Mapping

    ·   Tools for Concept Mapping

    ·   Technology Analysis for e-Learning

    www.freemind .com

    Designing concept map for the selected course

    finalisingconcept map for the selected course

    Week 9: Collaborative Learning

    ·   Synchronous Online Learning and Tools for Synchronous Learning

    ·   Asynchronous Online Learning and Tools for Asynchronous Learning

    ·   144 Tips for Synchronous E-Learning: Strategy+ Research, Ed by Bill Brandon. Published by the eLearning Guild in 2008.  Available at http://www.elearningguild.com/content.cfm?selection=doc.1025

    Critically analysis the

    Collaborative learning


    Week 10: Collaborative Learning(cont..)

    ·   Instructional support for collaborative learning

    ·   Evaluation of Learning

    ·   Structuring the online course

    ·   Curtis, D.D., & Lawson, M.J. (2001). Exploring Collborative Online Learning, Journal of Asynchronous Leanring Networks, 5 (1), Available at http://www.aln.org/publications/jaln/v5n1/pdf/v5n1_curtis.pdf

    ·   Smith, B.L., &McGreagor, J.T. What is Collborative Learning? Available at http://learningcommons.evergreen.edu/pdf/collab.pdf

    Structuring the selected course

    finalisingthe structure of the selected course

    Week 11: Activities of Online Learning

    ·   Online Tutoring: Skills and Competencies of Online Tutors

    ·   e-Moderating, The Five Stage Model for Online moderation

    ·   R2D2 (Read, Reflect, Display, Do) Model

    ·  Online Tutoring eBook. Ed by Carol A. Higgison. Available at http://web.archive.org/web/20071212221227/otis.scotcit.ac.uk/onlinebook/

    ·   Nachindila, B. (2007). The role of tutors in teaching of Online English for Business programmes in South Africa: A Case study,  MERLOT Journal of Online Teaching and Learning, 3 (4), Available at


    Discussion forum


    Week 12: Activities for Online Learning (cont..)

    ·   Assessment and Evaluation

    ·   Case studies

    ·   Page:  E-Moderating (2004) Ed 2. by Gilly Salmon. Published by Kogan London.

    ·   E-tivities (2002) by Gilly Salmon. Published by Kogan Page: London.

    ·   Empowering Online Learning (2008) by Curtis J. Bonk and Ke Zhang. Published by Jossey Bass: San Francisco.

    ·   E-Learning Groups and Communities by David McConnell, (2006). OU Press/ McGraw Hill Education: Berkshire.

    Discussion forum




    References included in the week-wise plan


    Dr. G. Mythili

    Indira Gandhi National Open University
    Dr. G. Mythili, BE (Computer Science and Engineering), Master of Science in IT, Master of Arts in Distance Education and Ph.D in Distance Education is Deputy Director in Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education, IGNOU. She has contributed towards the development of human and training resources through academic workshops and by developing training materials in IGNOU. She has conducted a number of research individually, and as part of a team during the last 5-6 years and has published articles in referred journals. She is an efficient resource person for training of various kinds with special reference to computer related training on basic computing, multimedia development and online, web-based training (Web 2.0). She is coordinating two online programmes of IGNOU: Academic Counsellors Training–Online and Post Graduate Diploma in E-Learning.