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An Ontological Approach to Online Instructional Design

An Ontological Approach to Online Instructional Design
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Author(s): Robert Z. Zheng (University of Utah, USA) and Laura B. Dahl (University of Utah, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 23
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.ch001


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This chapter introduces the ontological instructional design as an alternative to the traditional instructional design in teaching and learning. By comparing the differences between traditional instructional design and e-Learning, the authors suggest that instructional design in e-Learning require a different model than the existing traditional models due to the idiosyncratic nature of e-Learning in terms of population, environment, and resources. An ontological instructional design model is proposed with a focus on the sharability, reusability and interoperability of ontological entities and design components within the ontological entities, which provides a holistic approach to online instructional design compared to the segmented, linear design approach in traditional instructional design models. A case study is included to illustrate the use and application of the ontological instructional design model in an online business course. Finally, guidelines for implementing the model are made with suggestions for future research.

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