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Guidelines for Designing Web-Based Instruction in Higher Education

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching Volume 15, Number 1, ISSN 1052-4800


To develop practical Web-based instruction (WBI) design guidelines for faculty and instructional support staff, the author analyzed three different WBI design cases based on interviews with three experts. On the surface, the WBI design processes that each expert used look more alike than different, entailing similar major steps. The underlying principles and knowledge that guided each expert through the design processes, however, are unique in that each expert constructed her own set of heuristics to accommodate the myriad of contextual factors that arose in the work setting. After discussing the implications of findings, the author presents a six-phase set of WBI design guidelines.


Lee, J.Y. (2004). Guidelines for Designing Web-Based Instruction in Higher Education. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 15(1), 31-58. Retrieved November 21, 2019 from .

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