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Starter Materials:

Five publications are currently available in a developing series of handbooks for practitioners in open and distance learning (ODL). The series covers the key roles and functions of ODL systems from the practitioner perspective. The purpose is to give practitioners advice and guidance about their tasks, functions and roles, and to enable practitioners to reflect on the critical issues they face. In this way, the series aims to model good ODL study materials and to provide key study materials for ODL training. In developing this series, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) seeks to address the needs of ODL for accessible and practical training materials for professional development. Each handbook can be read in a number of ways - as an informative text; as part of the materials for a workshop or short training programme; or as part of an extended training and study programme requiring learners to undertake a practical project.


Instructional Design Template (2006)

COL has developed a template for instructional design that helps content developers to convert their subject matter expertise into learning materials. It helps authors incorporate ODL instructional design techniques into their learning texts. Created in just over a year and tested in many countries and institutions with feedback from many instructional designers, this template is truly a collaborative effort. COL hopes that anyone who may feel discouraged from developing ODL learning materials will now feel empowered to begin to do so.


=== Creating learning materials for open and distance learning: a handbook for authors & instructional designers (2005) ===

   Introduction
   Unit 1: WHAT IS INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN...?
   Unit 2: ADAPT OR CREATE?
   Unit 3: PLANNING AN ODL COURSE
   Unit 4: PLANNING AND WRITING A UNIT OF LEARNING
   Unit 5: WRITING FOR THE WEB
   Unit 6: PLANNING ASSESSMENT
   Unit 7: STUDY GUIDES
   Unit 8: LANGUAGE, WRITING STYLE AND LAYOUT
   Unit 9: DRAFTING AND TESTING
   Unit 10: QUALITY ASSURANCE SYSTEMS
   References


Costing ODL CDROM (June 2004)

provides an introduction to costing in open and distance learning (ODL). It is designed for people setting up new ODL programmes and for people wishing to improve the quality of the management of existing programme. "Costing ODL" includes fully functioning spreadsheets but it is not a costing tool.


Planning and implementing open and distance learning systems: a handbook for decision makers (2004)

 Introduction
 Unit 1: THE TARGET GROUP AND THEIR NEEDS
 Unit 2: STRATEGIC ODL PLANNING
 Unit 3: STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLANNING IN ODL
 Unit 4: DEVELOPING AND ACQUIRING MATERIALS
 Unit 5: TUTORING AND SUPPORTING STUDENTS
 Unit 6: RECRUITING AND ENROLLING STUDENTS
 Unit 7: ASSESSING STUDENTS
 Unit 8: MANAGING AND ADMINISTERING THE SYSTEM
 Unit 9: EVALUATION
 Bibliography

Tutoring in open and distance learning: a handbook for tutors (2004)

 Introduction
 Unit 1: THE PLACE OF TUTORING IN ODL
 Unit 2: CORE ODL TUTORING SKILLS
 Unit 3: THE SUSTAINING ROLE OF TUTORS
 Unit 4: ASSESSMENT IN ODL
 Unit 5: PLANNING AND FACILITATING GROUP LEARNING
 Unit 6: SUPPORTING TUTORS
 Appendix A: SAMPLE STUDY PLANS
 Appendix B: NOTES FOR FACILITATORS
 Bibliography

Other Titles from The Commonwealth of Learning

These titles from the Knowledge Series Catalogue - The Commonwealth of Learning

Resources

Collaboration requested

We are interested in working with the Learning Design project