Neil Lasher advises the Open University on instructional design

From: Trainer1
Published: Wed May 07 2008

Traditionally, OU lecturers and other subject matter experts have created curricula and courses and then the OUís editorial designers have produced the resulting learning materials. These materials have been largely paper and DVD-based Ė with documents, pdfs and video forming significant proportions of the OUís e-learning materials.

Having decided that it needs to use good practice Ė as well as more creative use Ė of e-learning materials, the OU approached Neil Lasher, managing director of independent e-learning specialists Trainer1 and author of the UVID model and ĎA listí ID rules. Lasher has developed a series of three Ďlearning eventsí for some 45 of the OUís staff, based at the OUís headquarters in Milton Keynes, who are involved in the project management, editing, design and development of the OUís learning materials.

"These learning events deal with both traditional and the new views on ID and ID techniques," Lasher explained. "They aim to help these OU editors, designers and developers to create learning materials that further enhance the learning experience Ė especially when that learning is developed via e-learning.

"The OU is one of the leaders in the field of distance learning. This project is one of the ways in which they can keep this position in the market and provide increasingly rich learning experiences for their students Ė including taking e-learning to a new level of increased learning effectiveness."


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