"Chaos rules" revisited

  • David Murphy
Keywords: Online learning, chaos theory


About 20 years ago, lost in the midst of my PhD research, I mused over proposed titles. I was pretty pleased with myself to come up with ‘Chaos Rules’ (the implied double meaning was deliberate) or, more completely, Chaos Rules: An Exploration of The Work of Instructional Designers in Distance Education. I used the then emerging theories of chaos and complexity to underpin my analysis. So it was with not just a little excitement that I read the call for contributions to this Special Issue. What follows is a ‘walk through’ my thesis, with an emphasis on the contribution of chaos and complexity theory.


How to Cite
Murphy, D. (2011). "Chaos rules" revisited. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 12(7), 116-134. https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v12i7.1125