Teaching/learning practices in this program are based on the same theoretical and practical frameworks employed in the practices of distance learning. The study system has a high degree of flexibility which, in addition to classroom meetings, provides printed and online learning activities and materials, as well as direct support through an internet and multimedia network and associated with virtual learning environments. It is worth mentioning that the instructional materials developed specifically for the program in different formats are designed to activate the learner’s positive and active role.
These materials place an emphasis on a cycle of interactions, including student-content interaction on the one hand and student-teacher interaction on the other hand, in addition to student- student interaction. The program emphasizes the importance of these interactions to ensure the success of the learning process.
The courses take the form of learning modules, each of which begins with intensive face to face meetings lasting thirty hours involving the students and the instructor concerned, during which students learn through discussions, case studies and training under the leadership of the instructor. Following this, the student receives self-learning and self-assessment materials in order for him/her to continue learning the content of the modules while communicating with the instructor, face to face or online.
Among the modules the students study in the program are two applied modules in e-learning design and interactive e-learning software and materials development. The first module focuses on training students to use multimedia software, Learning Management Systems (LMSs) such as Moodle and Blackboard, and support software for the system used in developing and building e-learning activities, as well as using virtual learning environments. The second module focuses on training students to acquire the skills. In addition to what has been mentioned above, the student is guided during his/her studies of each module to take advantage of what has been learned in the gradual development of learning or training material in the field of his/her choice (Diploma Project).
Moreover, the student carries out the project under the supervision of the program instructors, who follow up the work step by step in accordance with a binding preset schedule. Upon the successful completion of the diploma program study module and the diploma project, the Arabian Gulf University awards the student the Postgraduate Diploma in Distance Learning Specializing in Distance Teaching and Training.
Courses (Modules) and Study Plan
Materials, Media and Development Tools
Writing the Materials
Design and Presentation
Designing e-Learning Materials
Total hours 1st Semester
Tutoring and Assessing Distance Students
Developing Interactive e-Learning Materials
Supporting Distance Students
Total hours 2nd Semester
Total Credit Hours
DLRDT531 Learning Theory 3 Cr. hours Prerequisites:
This module provides an overview of the main theories of education and learning strategies in the context of distance learning. It also aims to emphasize the importance of the formulation of the courses' aims and objectives. The module covers the following topics: the basic learning theories including behaviorism, cognitive, social and constructive learning theories; Learning strategies in the context of open and distance education; learning styles and their different classifications; motivation and motivational theory. Aims and objectives; Bloom's taxonomy of objectives, both Cognitive (Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation) and Affective (Receiving, Responding, Valuing, Organizing and Conceptualizing).
DLRDT522 Materials, Media and Development Tools 2 Cr. hours Prerequisites:
This module provides an overview of the design of effective activity-based learning
materials using a variety of modes. The module covers the following topics:
Tools of learning delivery using printed–based
devilry and through electronic materials; using multimedia in ODL; distinguishing
differences among different media; the reason behind using the Internet as a
delivery mode in ODL; virtual learning environments (usages, applications, and
the distinguishing differences); selecting virtual learning environment; using
suitable development tools for different activities; the visual and
construction characteristics of the learning material; transition mechanism
between learning materials webpages; formatting methods to achieve a unified
style in learning materials content.
DLRDT533 Writing the Materials 3 Cr. hours Prerequisites: DLRDT522
module introduces the students to the techniques of structuring and writing
interactive learning material for any medium. The module covers the following
topics: The fundamentals and principles of preparing distance learning
materials; writing learning objectives;
the feedback and the self assessment questions; designing multiple
choice test items; using learning activities for different delivery media such as internet and printed –based material); learning material
arrangements and internet publishing; advanced organizers and learning devices;
learner’s guide/manual preparation; publishing and copyright issues surrounding
the use of material that is written by
DLRDT524 Design and Presentation 2 Cr. hours Prerequisites: DLRDT533
This module provides students with the needed knowledge and skills to design interactive distance learning materials and their design criteria; designing screens and interactive displays; the means to interact with tools and media, and their development tools starting with designing until displaying them on the internet, evaluate learning materials to make sure of their accessibility to users under the light of the designing criteria. The module covers the following topics: Electronic and printed –based learning material; criteria of designing internet based materials; designing screens and interactive displays; improving screen designing to achieve accessibility for regular and disabled students; evaluating accessibility. The student should participate in face to face meetings and design, develop and publish multimedia learning materials, use distance and blended learning technologies and do number of assignments.
DLRDT525 Designing e-Learning Materials 2 Cr. hours Prerequisites: no prerequisites
This module provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge for designing and developing web-based learning materials that can be delivered either through virtual learning environments, such as: Blackboard. While studying the course, the students will be trained to use different tools and methods that should help them to develop electronic learning materials. Therefore, the students will be introduced to the basics of instructional design.
The module covers the following topics: Introduction to Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and Learning Management Systems (LMSs) such as: Blackboard; Basic skills of instructional design; Introduction to HTML; Creating learning sites and to build courses by using Articulate Storyline 360 for websites written in English and Front Page for pages written in Arabic; Developing e-learning content with Wimba; Introduction to image development with Photoshop and how to integrate pictures developed using Photoshop in learning materials, and these materials will be designed according to Dick & Carey ID model.
DLRDT536 Instructional Design 3 Cr. hours Prerequisites: All the Diploma and master degree modules taught in the first semester
This module helps students to master the skills needed for analyzing Open and Distance Learning models according to learners' analysis, learning content analysis, communications and information technologies and helping learners to acquire the skills needed for designing and building course materials that suit open and distance learning. The module covers the following topics: Classical and modern learning theories; The basic elements/ components included in the instructional systems and course design and development processes; Designing instructional materials according to behavioral, Cognitive, Criticism, and Cognitive & Social Constructivist learning theories; Designing instructional processes according to the principles of learning driven from different schools of learning.
DLRDT537 Tutoring and Assessing Distance Students 3 Cr. hours Prerequisites: DLRDT524
This module provides students with knowledge and skills that will help them in providing the required assessment to distance students before and after the enrolling in distance learning programs, in order to enable distance students to achieve high level of satisfaction with their learning. The module covers the following topics: the concept of assessing distance learners; the importance of assessment; preparing distance learning; learning resources and supporting distance learners; employing educational technologies and communication to support distance learners; the role of the instructor and the electronic learner to support distance learning; developing distance learner supporting card using a couple of standards and criteria.
DLRDT538 Developing Interactive e-Learning Materials 3 Cr. hours Prerequisites: DLRDT525
This module provides students with the needed knowledge and skills of using multimedia software and their applications in developing electronic learning materials. After completing this course successfully the students should be able to design interactive learning materials that are suitable for distance learning and training usage. The module covers the following topics: Introduction to Multimedia and their concepts; Multimedia software such as (Authorware); Media Classification and Modes; Developing Prototypes and designing Multimedia project /system; Image resolution and image formatting; Principles of Visual Design and Multimedia; Developing Multimedia for Distance and Online Learning; Evaluation of Multimedia software.
DLRDT539 Supporting Distance Students 3 Cr. hours Prerequisites: DLRDT536
This module provides the student with an introduction to the provision of appropriate learning and personal support mechanisms for distance learners. Upon successful completion of this module, students will demonstrate the ability to prepare induction materials for students using ODL materials and VLEs; use best practice in the provision of library access and online resources to distance students, and recognize and address a number of IT issues that support online students and address counseling and welfare issues.
DLRDT540 Diploma Project 4 Cr. hours Prerequisites: All designing, development and writing learning materials courses
This module provides training to distance learning diploma students on developing and producing ODL learning materials. The module provides students the opportunity to employ knowledge, skills and experience that were gained through studying the Diploma Project Prerequisite courses. This module starts in parallel with other modules to give the student the opportunity to select an idea of his/her project. Moreover; after successfully completing this module, students will be able to create interactive instructional materials by redesigning a traditional course unit(s) into ODL learning materials that suit Distance and Open Learning and Training.