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We believe that there is a very strong relationship between the usability and accessibility of the E-learning resources we create and the development process that we use to create them.

We believe that resources are accessible and aligned to the needs of the learners because the development process itself is accessible and open to a wide range of individuals, regardless of their technical or pedagogigcal abilities or knowledge.

This means that learning content can be created by those with real knowledge, experience and passion about a particular subject area. This tends to uncover the really crucial elements that need to be addressed or where the emphasis should be placed. There is often an intimate understanding of where the difficult concepts are and how to address these.

The process we use to design and develop E-learning resources aims to keep the control of the process in the hands of these content experts. So often, even with the best intentions, this control can be ceded to technical developers or lost by the emphasis on the technical requirements for development.

In order to create great content, it is also important to have a development framework to work within and this really helps to make the development process accessible to people as it acts as a form of scaffolding. Moreover, a structure enables a degree of quality control within the process, ensuring that particular issues are considered at each step along the way.

Outlining the development process

Watch the video that outlines the steps in the development process that we have been using for a number of years. Over the next 3 weeks on the course, you will work through these steps for yourself.

We are not suggesting that this is the only development framework that works in this way. Far from it, there are many. I particularly like some of the work that came out of the University of Leicester’s OTTER project as part of the open educational resource, OER, movement. You may well know of others that you have found particularly useful, and you may want to post links to these in the discussion forum for others to see and compare.

Discussion point

  • Do you know of/have you used any other development frameworks to help you in resource creation?

More details of the development process and discussion about its use and rationale can be found in the articles located within the resources.

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