Overview of EDUC 4150

Different generations of eLearners:

  • Baby Boomers: Avid learners, competitive, take charge of own learning, live to work, know when they have done good work, keep opinions to self, resistant to change
  • Gen X: Prefer to work independently, enjoy self-paced and self-directed projects, work to live, like regular feedback, share opinions, relish change
  • Gen Y: Enjoy structure and direction, teamwork and collaboration, technology savvy, strong need for social interaction, work to fund lifestyle, need constant feedback, assume others want their opinion, flexible

ELearning challenges and benefits:

  • Instructor challenges: Curriculum design, teaching methods, assessment techniques, unfamiliarity with technology
  • Instructor benefits: Reduced travel time and expense, greater instructor/student interaction, unbound by time or place, professional development
  • Student Challenges: Time zones and time management, technical specifications and technology skills, managing immense volume of information
  • Student benefits: Learner directed and paced, accommodates multiple learning styles, geographical barriers eliminated, flexibility and accessibility, greater student collaboration and interaction, enhances technical skills, limitless learning

Learning Theories:

  • Behaviourist strategies: use to teach facts
  • Cognitive strategies: use to teach principles and processes
  • Constructivist strategies: use to teach real-life and personal applications. Conducive to eLearning

ELearning Tools:

  • Pedagogy before technology
  • tool must support learning and not interfere with it
  • carefully selected to match purpose of learning
  • use what you are comfortable with and gradually build skills
  • see Techno Tools page


  • electronic representation of acquired learning
  • learner demonstrates what they know and can do
  • multiple uses, can be used for PLAR
  • see Blog Post for more information

Quality Guidelines for eLearning:

  • course structure must be clear, navigable, visually appealing, sequential
  • clear outcomes and expectations
  • variety of learning materials
  • delivery makes efficient and effective use of technology
  • encourages collaboration and communication
  • frequent and constructive assessment
  • see Blog Post for DRAFT copy
  • see Best Practices page







About Karin Potgieter

Originally from South Africa, I have been privileged to enjoy the beautiful lifestyle of Canada. My career in Early Childhood Education has been motivating, ranging from the endearing relationships with the children and families of the Preschool that I owned to the inspirational interactions with my students as instructor of the Early Childhood Education Certificate Program. My qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Early Childhood Education Certificate, Provincial Instructors Diploma and en route to completing the Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction.
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