Instructional Design Standards forDistanceLearning




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Instructional Design Standards for Distance Learning

ISBN: 978-0-9970755-2-6 (trade paperback)
ISBN 978-0-9970755-3-3 (online PDF)
Editor: Anthony A. Piña, Sullivan University
Copyright © 2017 Association for Educational Communications and Technology

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    The version of the standards presented here marks the beginning of what we hope will be an extended conversation. The standards began as a series of discussions between AECT staff and members about the large number of universities now developing online courses without the guidance of any research-based standards for designing online learning. Working from the extensive research literature on instructional design, two AECT members drafted the standards, and an edited version was approved by AECT’s Executive Committee and shared with selected members of the Division of Distance Learning. Once all comments had been addressed, they were presented to the full Board of Directors, and they too approved them.

    At this point, the authors of each of the chapters included in this publication were invited to flesh out the rationale for each standard. We approached Dr. Anthony Piña, Past-President of AECT’s Division of Distance Learning, to arrange for peer review of the chapters, serve as general editor and put them together in this publication.

    We present them here as a way to start the conversation.

    Phillip Harris
    Executive Director, AECT
    Bloomington, IN

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