A model for the Instructional Design, Development, Delivery and Evaluation of a Web-based course in Computer Science

T. Cummings and M. Bernard (2002) of the St. George’s University, Grenada and the University of West Indies, Trinidad, respectively have co-written a piece on ‘A model for the Instructional Design, Development, Delivery and Evaluation of a Web-based course in Computer Science’.   This article details a five-step model, the EMBER model for system development and problem solving in information systems.  The article argues that the EMBER model provides solid foundation for web-based development of courses, focused on an audience of secondary students and with the role of the teacher to be predominantly a facilitator.  The model is detailed in precise and succinct language that offers great guidance for planning web-based learning.

EMBER stands for evaluate, model, build, execute and review and is pretty straightforward as far as the steps go.  The design of learning courses is done so by evaluating the syllabus requirements and desired outcomes and this is step one of the EMBER model.  The article continues to detail each step of the model and provides some images to support these. The images are somewhat hard to understand and may prove irrelevant for some readers; however, the descriptions for each stage are brief and very helpful.  The article is short but sufficient in its supply of accurate information and guidance for the design of learning in web-based environments.

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