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Rapid Instructional Design: Learning ID Fast and Right, 3rd Edition by George M. Piskurich

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Chapter 9

Asynchronous e-Learning Design

This chapter will help you to

  • Differentiate between asynchronous and synchronous e-learning
  • Determine what planning must be done by the organization in advance of designing an asynchronous e-learning program
  • Formulate basic criteria for choosing a learning management system
  • Analyze the offerings of e-learning vendors
  • Develop effective, activity-based asynchronous e-learning programs
  • Prepare your learners for the self-direction necessary in asynchronous e-learning
  • Properly implement and evaluate asynchronous e-learning programs

............Asynchronous e-learning is just the latest in a long line of technology-based training deliveries that have been touted as the wave of the future, only to flare for a time and then be eclipsed as their often overhyped promise is tempered by their inherent disadvantages.

We have mentioned the concept of e-learning at various places throughout this book, as well as its two basic components, synchronous and asynchronous. However, let's do some redefining of the concepts now, just to make sure we are all on the same page.

DEFINITIONS

e-Learning is the delivery of training using the Internet or a company's intranet. It differs from older technologies such as computer-based and CD-ROM-based training, and newer technologies such as DVD-based training, in that the computer being used by the learner is not a stand-alone machine, but rather is part of a computer network. The learning programs are delivered through ...

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