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Constructivist Instructional Design: A Blueprint for Online Course Design

Constructivist Instructional Design: A Blueprint for Online Course Design
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Author(s): Carlos R. Morales (Lock Haven University, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 19
Source title: Handbook of Research on Human Performance and Instructional Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Holim Song (Texas Southern University, USA) and Terry T. Kidd (Texas A&M University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-782-9.ch002

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Abstract

With the continuous growth of online learning in higher education, the need to design course materials that capitalize and leverage on the richness of the Internet and learning technologies has taken on new dimensions. Constructivist theory paired with instructional design models is believed to have a positive influence on the design of learning environments that apply content to real-life situations. Constructivist instructional design for online learning challenges instructional designers regarding the philosophy and methodology to be used, while it provides the conditions for learner-centered instruction. Instructional design and learning theories have been separated into their own arenas. Developing online learning environments using constructivist instructional design addresses and serves the learning needs of students by providing opportunities for increased knowledge construction and participation.

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