Monday, October 29, 2012

eLearning Models

I think the Lone Ranger Model is good for small projects that are more for exploration of possible approaches to eLearning programs and not long term usage. As stated in the Bates text, often times the Lone Ranger approach results in a never ending project that doesn't have longevity. Usually professors prefer this approach because they are able to self- govern the project progress and make decisions they see fit. The exact opposite of the Lone Ranger Model is the Project Management Approach which is characterized by multiple individuals utilizing their areas of expertise to create one program or one course. Bates believes that this approach yield “high quality cost effective technology based teaching and learning” (Bates pg. 66). Finally, Kahns P3 Model divides the development of eLearning courses/programs into 3 phases; People, Process, and Products. I think that this model is a more intricate model of the Project Management Approach where several special teams or subject matter experts are in charge of one part of one project.
In my role as the Graduate Assistant for Career Services Paraprofessionals at The Career Center, I provide leadership for 25 undergraduate employees, which includes conducting their annual training.  Because the service provided by the Career Services Paraprofessionals involve face to face interactions with students across campus, I would not be logical to teach them how to conduct resume and cover letter reviews session via eLearning. However, if this were an option I were going to explore, I think the Lone Ranger approach would best because of the uniqueness of the paraprofessional program.

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