For my Instructional Technology doctoral qualifying exams I was given one question each week for three weeks. I had to answer the question in a week’s time, open source, open book. My third question was intended to contribute to the first couple of chapters of my dissertation, which was eventually published as a book called Distance Education Innovations and New Learning Environments: Combining Traditional Teaching Methods and Emerging Technologies.
Question Set 3
In recent years there has been a call for theories to guide distance education. Likewise, there is a need for instructional design theories to guide instructional strategies for distance education. Introduce distance education and chart the trajectory of its history. Then provide a conceptual explanation of instructional design theory. Include a relevant literature review on these two topics and explain why there is a paucity of instructional design theories for distance education. Create and justify a framework of criteria for evaluating instructional design theories. Identify the four most promising instructional design theories identified in the literature review, explicating the strengths and limits of each theory.