Paper Title: AN INFORMATION SYSTEMS DESIGN THEORY FOR WEB-BASED EDUCATION

Authors: David Jones, Shirley Gregor, Teresa Lynch

Summary

Information System Design Theories (ISDT) are prescriptive theories developed to provide solutions to specialized or specific IS design problems. ISDTs are beneficial because they provide principles that limit the system features and requirements to a more manageable set.

Authors state that it is important that a specific set of ISDT is created for e-learning/Web based learning (WBE). This, they argue, is due to having limited theoretical guidance in e-learning, while as there is a large theoretical base for the subjects being taught through WBE.

WBE goes beyond course management and involves administrative tasks, student evaluation, tracking, payment and so on and these features are not provided by Course Management Systems. WBE involves a large degree of uncertainty, variability and change due to different nature of users, various topics it is used for, geographical differences etc.

Authors propose hypermedia templates, design patterns, diffusion theory as the key components of ISDT for WBE. Hypermedia templates and design patterns are suggested for simplifying the capture and reuse of design. Authors also propose a hypothesis for requirements, design, developments and testing.

Comments

Web Based learning or e-learning continues to be an exciting topic with lot of possibilities for its future. The explanation in the beginning about ISDT and requirement of a specialized ISDT for WBE is convincing. As this is a theoretical paper authors could have avoided going into details about each requirement for a WBE.

References

  1. (2003 Jones, Gregor & Lynch) AN INFORMATION SYSTEMS DESIGN THEORY FOR WEB-BASED EDUCATION extracted from https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/c7b0/2b8c81bbfbdf7a60e40dc219b16a80182bff.pdf
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