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IJEEEE 2013 Vol.3(3): 178-182 ISSN: 2010-3654
DOI: 10.7763/IJEEEE.2013.V3.218

Designing and Implementing e-Learning Courses: A Comparative Analysis of Policy Guidelines from Nine Professional Organizations

Khe F. Hew and Wing S. Cheung
Abstract— Many universities around the world are utilizing or planning to utilize e-learning formats in their programs to reduce the average per-student cost. Although cost-saving is very much desired, many institutions are also concerned about the quality of their e-learning courses. This study aims to synthesize the literature about the various policy guidelines to help faculty design and implement e-learning courses. Documents from nine professional organizations were analyzed. These documents were carefully screened to identify the main themes and corresponding sub-themes. We then describe the similarities and differences among these documents. We found a large extent of agreement among the documents on 11 key areas that should be considered in order to maximize the success of an e-learning course. However, the documents were vague in providing concrete suggestions regarding areas such as how to promote student-student interaction, online discussion group size, and review of e-learning courses. We found three major disagreements among the various documents with regard to: addressing various student learning style, requirement for student online collaboration, and reward for faculty who use e-learning. Finally, we suggest several strategies that could help overcome the fuzziness related to maximizing student-student interaction, and the review of e-learning courses.

Index Terms— E-learning, online learning, guidelines, design, policy.

The authors are with the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (e-mail: khefoon.hew@nie.edu.sg, wingsum.cheung@nie.edu.sg).

Cite: Khe F. Hew and Wing S. Cheung, " Designing and Implementing e-Learning Courses: A Comparative Analysis of Policy Guidelines from Nine Professional Organizations," International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 178-182, 2013.

General Information

ISSN: 2010-3654 (Online)
Abbreviated Title: Int. J. e-Educ. e-Bus. e-Manag. e-Learn.
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Kuan-Chou Chen
Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Lau
Abstracting/ Indexing: EBSCO, Google Scholar, Electronic Journals Library, QUALIS, ProQuest, EI (INSPEC, IET)
E-mail: ijeeee@iap.org
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