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An Analysis of Organizational Approaches to Online Course Structures

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Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration Volume 15, Number 1, ISSN 1556-3847


The structure of an online course, including the navigational interface, visual design of materials and information, as well as the communication tools to facilitate learning, can affect students, instructors, programs and educational organizations in various ways. This paper examines online course structural issues derived from previous research as well as the authors' collective experiences as instructors, instructional designers, and online learners at multiple universities. Three organizational philosophies of online course structure are analyzed, and ten key components for developing a well-organized online course are presented based on established design principles. This information is intended to help emerging online instructors understand their own organizational culture and to develop a more standardized approach to online course design.


Lee, C.Y., Dickerson, J. & Winslow, J. (2012). An Analysis of Organizational Approaches to Online Course Structures. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 15(1),. Retrieved November 14, 2019 from .

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