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With the ever increasing reliance on IT in education, how courseware and instructional mediums are designed is vital if technology in education is to be used and implemented successfully. The aim of this issue of CDTL Brief is to examine some of the issues surrounding Instructional Systems Design.

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May 2002, Vol. 5 No. 3 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
e-Learning at Singapore Polytechnic: From Concept to Reality
Mr D. Paul Gagnon
Educational Development Specialist/Instructional Designer
Educational & Staff Development Department, Singapore Polytechnic
The Virtual College (VC) at Singapore Polytechnic was established in 1996 as a pilot project with two major objectives: (1) to promote independent learning among Singapore Polytechnic students, and (2) to promote life-long learning through distance education for graduates and professionals from industry. Continue reading

Considerations for Web-Based Learning Design
Mr J. A. Gilles Doiron
Principal Educational Technologist, CDTL
In universities around the world, teaching staff are being encouraged to create online learning materials. Not just making lecture notes available to students, lecturers are urged to make better use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for teaching and learning by creating online activities for their students. Continue reading

Creating a Meaningful Learning Environment Using ICT
Dr Madhumita Bhattacharya
Instructional Science Academic Group, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University
This article describes the process of creating a Meaningful Learning Environment (MLE) by going through a three-step cycle (i.e. activity-artefact-reflection) and recording the process of learning in the form of digital portfolios. Continue reading

Understanding Strategies of Authoring Computer Courseware
Mr Alfred Low
Educational Technologist, CDTL
For computer-based learning to be effective, it has to be designed and authored successfully. This essay aims to familiarise teachers with a few strategies of authoring courseware that will make learning meaningful and effective. Continue reading

Towards a Blended Design for e-Learning
Associate Professor Chen Ai Yen &
Associate Professor Tan Oon Seng
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
With the proliferation and increasing use of Information Communication Technology (ICT), how people communicate and access information has improved in efficiency and efficacy. While people may love to surf the Web, enjoy email and readily employ other modes of ICT, it is unclear if they would want to embark on more formal learning on the Web, which is an aspect of e-Learning. Continue reading