A practical guide to evaluate quality of online courses

Yungwei Hao, Gary Borich

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    This chapter introduces a graphic approach to define quality in online courses. The Decomposition Model (Borich & Jemelka, 1982) is used to illustrate course structure and the salient characteristics of an effective online course. The constraints that influence the success of online courses are discussed. Salient transactions (activities) that occur in online courses are described. And the means-end continuum in the process of online learning is illustrated graphically. The chapter is expected to provide readers with a whole picture of a quality online course through an architectural framework.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Human Performance and Instructional Technology
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)9781605667829
    Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)


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