Research Paper Title
Seven Key Decision Factors for Selecting e-Learning.
E-learning is increasingly being adopted as a routine instructional media, and has moved from a niche solution in the defence and aerospace industries, to one that is adopted across the vast majority of industries and within education worldwide. E-learning is not however suited for all types of learning outcome or for all instructional situations.
In this paper the researchers describe a new instructional media selection model which enables the assessment of suitability of e-learning to a particular learning outcome. Following a review of media selection theory, seven key decision areas were identified. These consideration areas are:
- Learning Task;
- Media Attributes;
- Grouping Strategy;
- Learning Context;
- Learner Characteristics;
- Instructional Management; and
- Cost Effectiveness.
The paper focuses on the identification of the key decision factors for selecting e-learning and the development of detailed guidance within each decision area to enable an assessment of suitability of e-learning to be made.
Finally, the researchers outline the dependencies and interactions between decision areas to illustrate the compromises inherent in instructional media selection, and to produce a model of these inter-relationships.
Huddleston, J. & Pike, J. (2008) Seven Key Decision Factors for Selecting e-Learning. Cognition, Technology and Work. 10, pp.237-247.