1. Designing E-Learning: Planning the Development of Online Learning

  1. William Horton

Published Online: 1 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118256039.ch1

E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition

E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition

How to Cite

Horton, W. (2011) Designing E-Learning: Planning the Development of Online Learning, in E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition, Pfeiffer, San Francisco, CA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118256039.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2011
  2. Published Print: 26 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470900024

Online ISBN: 9781118256039



  • computer;
  • e-learning;
  • learning resources;
  • network technology;
  • prerequisites;
  • Web browser


E-learning marshals computer and network technologies to the task of education. Some people hold that e-learning is limited to what takes place entirely within a Web browser without the need for other software or learning resources. Creating effective e-learning requires both design and development. Design is decision; development is construction. Design must be applied at all levels of e-learning from whole curricula down to individual media components. E-learning benefits most from a rapid, cyclic design process. In this chapter, the author finds a minimalist, waste-no-time; results focused approach to specifying e-learning that actually works. Varieties of e-learning include standalone courses, learning games and simulations, mobile learning, social learning, and virtual-classroom courses. Systematically identify the prerequisites for each learning objective, one can must accomplish and decide how learners will achieve each prerequisite. One can build e-learning using iterative cycles of analysis, design, building, and evaluating.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

e-Learning; Web browsers