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Two perspectives on e-learning design: A synopsis of a U.S. and a European analysis

  • Stefanie A. Hillen Department od Education and Humanities University of Agder, Norway
  • Melodee Landis University of Nebraska Omaha College of Education
Keywords: e-learning, pedagogy,

Abstract

This article seeks to examine e-learning design arising from two educational traditions: the United States of America and Europe. The research question is: Broadly, what kinds of pedagogy, instructional design models, or didactical models are established and proposed for e-learning design on the two continents? Two researchers examined multiple articles and texts in an effort to discern the prominent approaches in their respective regions. The analysis is tripartite: First, the educational philosophies, which have guided e-learning design on each continent, will be presented; second, specific theories about learning influencing e-learning design will be discussed; and finally, e-learning design, which arises from innovative instructional strategies, will be investigated. The resulting analysis brings to the surface not only how the values that underpin e-learning development in each region differ but also how specific perspectives influence the respective fields. The researchers acknowledge these differences but also remark on the historic and contemporary symbiosis that has endured even in this relatively new field of e-learning.

Author Biographies

Stefanie A. Hillen, Department od Education and Humanities University of Agder, Norway

Dr. rer.pol

Departmnet of Education and Humanities

associate Professor

Melodee Landis, University of Nebraska Omaha College of Education

College of Education

associate Professor

Published
2014-08-15
How to Cite
Hillen, S. A., & Landis, M. (2014). Two perspectives on e-learning design: A synopsis of a U.S. and a European analysis. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(4). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v15i4.1783
Section
Research Articles