What’s on the Menu for effective Instructional Design in ODeL?
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A discussion on instructional design in open, distance and electronic learning is subsumed by the online technology that effectively enables distributed learning and brings about student persistence and satisfaction. Decisions about online Learning Management Systems, the audience, bandwidth, connectivity, program presentation as well as costs have to be taken. These variables are discussed at length in more modern theories like the Community of Inquiry and Salmon’s e-tivities . So when taking decisions about the elements that should go in the instructional design of an ODeL content development, the above-mentioned theories have to be woven into all instructional design decisions taken.