With technology playing an increasingly important role in the learning environment, educators are under pressure to provide, in a timely fashion, their students with more interactive, online learning materials. Fortunately, there is a range of easy-to-use authoring packages that allow educators to do this. However, the downside to this ability to author materials quickly is that it may result in learning activities being produced that have glossed over or even skipped some key stages in the design process. This need not be the case as using frameworks such as Instructional Systems Design (ISD) and rapid prototyping can ensure that pedagogicallysound online materials can be produced quickly. This article aims at showing how this can be done. First, the ISD model, rapid-prototyping and Gagne’s (1985) theory of instruction are outlined. Then, there is a detailed discussion on how the above three concepts have been applied to a set of online learning materials designed and developed for my students.
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