The Concord Consortium e-Learning Model
Printable version of the full Concord Consortium e-Learning Model for Online Courses
The following nine key characteristics define The Concord Consortium's approach to delivering quality e-Learning.
- Asynchronous collaboration. Participants don't have to be logged on to the course simultaneously; they work in an asynchronous environment in which text-based, threaded discussion and collaborative problem solving form the core learning strategy.
- Explicit schedules. Instructors of online courses that rely on collaborative discussions schedule lessons within a specific timeframe so participants can share similar experiences and insights.
- Expert facilitation. Online courses are led by a qualified person specifically trained in online facilitation.
- Inquiry pedagogy. Designers create effective online courses -- with many specific elements that contribute to sound pedagogy for inquiry learning.
- Community building. Course designers and instructors are proactive in designing and nurturing a community culture in which participants are supportive, honest, and willing to take intellectual risks.
- Limited enrollment. There are between 12 and 25 participants in a class to keep collaborative learning manageable.
- High-quality materials. Course designers include the widest feasible range of media and activities to appeal to different styles of learning.
- Purposeful virtual spaces. Online, course designers create explicit structures so the community gets what it needs without interrupting the flow of content-based discussions. Typically included are a "Student Lounge," a "Questions about Assignments," a "Technical Questions," and a "Class Meeting" discussion space for debriefing course experiences.
- Ongoing assessment. Online assessment is a continuous, ongoing process. Instructors find evidence of achievement in participants' daily contributions to online discussions. They learn each student's unique voice and approach to solving problems through their postings.