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A Learner-Centered Design Framework for E-Learning

, Central Queensland University, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia ; , James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia ; , Central Queensland University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

IJOPCD Volume 4, Number 4, ISSN 2155-6873 Publisher: IGI Global


This paper presents a design framework for online learning. The framework is based upon the taxonomy devised by Dettmer (2006). In a learner-centered focus, it draws together the cognitive, affective, social, and sensorimotor domains of learning, and is situated with the concept of online personal learning spaces and environments. It is at this intersection of learning domains that the graduate attributes and general capabilities of students are able to be intentionally supported and demonstrated. The proposed framework draws on recognized theory, principles, and practical considerations of contemporary online learning to clarify considerations of the learning outcomes, learning processes and learner performance when designing online learning that is mediated by education technology. This integrative approach will support mentored, reflective learning design and design-based research aimed at improving both the experience and outcomes of online students. The paper contends that this framework presents a useful design that reflects the nature of contemporary online learning environments.


Fasso, W., Knight, C. & Knight, B. (2014). A Learner-Centered Design Framework for E-Learning. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, 4(4), 44-59. IGI Global. Retrieved September 25, 2022 from .