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A Model for Online Unit Development: Necessity, the Catalyst for Invention PROCEEDINGS

, , Edith Cowan University, Australia

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Norfolk, VA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-42-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

Theoretical frameworks and practical processes driving online course development in
tertiary institutions are currently under pressure, scrutiny and review and online courses are
increasingly seen as an answer to these problems. Useable procedures, guidelines and tools are
required to achieve the development of suitable courses. The new model for online unit
development presented in this paper was developed by considering processes implemented in the
fields of multimedia production, project management and distance education. Based on four main
phases, the model recognises the centrality of issues such as course planning, media development
and evaluation. As well as being suitable for a range of educational contexts, the model appears to
be well suited to different cultural settings, particularly those involving Indigenous staff. Based on
a semi-cyclic process, the model recognises the significance of tight timeframes, useable tools and
supportive resources, and identifies the responsibilities of the major players in the development
process.

Citation

Northcote, M. & Fetherston, T. (2001). A Model for Online Unit Development: Necessity, the Catalyst for Invention. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2001 (pp. 1414-1418). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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