Utilising Multiple Intelligences in e-Learning Design

By Beth Edmondson.

Published by The Learner Collection

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E-learning has become an important component in off campus university education in recent years, but often, students experience e-learning environments characterised by online delivery of print-based materials supported by optional audio lectures with, perhaps, some supportive elements such as formative assessment tasks and communications tools. The adoption of generic e-learning tools and web delivery templates by providers contributes to content dumping whereby linear approaches to knowledge acquisition and skills development (such as those found in text based learning materials) are replicated rather than replaced by multi-functional, interactive, customised e-learning materials. Identifying low cost content based alternative design approaches utilising established understandings of multiple intellegences could improve the pedagogical effectiveness of e-learning.

Keywords: Multiple Intelligences, Pedagogical Effectiveness, Customised e-learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 12, pp.35-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 831.528KB).

Dr. Beth Edmondson

Lecturer, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, Monash University, Churchill, Victoria, Australia

I teach in a variety of areas, including International Relations, Australian Politics and Policy Studies and Gender Studies. I have utilised a variety of online learning options in working with off campus students in my own subjects and coordinated a major university initiative in designing and developing interactive e-learning materials in a diverse range of Arts disciplines, including Chinese and Japanese languages and content based social science subjects. I remain interested in the importance of design, opportunities for flexible active student centred learning and pedagogical application in elearning.

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