Instructional Design Strategies for Intensive Online Courses: An Objectivist-Constructivist Blended Approach

Sue-Jen Chen
University of North Carolina Wilmington


Due to the time constraints of intensive online courses, instructional design strategies should be modified in order to retain the quality of learning without reducing the quantity of the course content. This paper presents how a blended approach combining objectivist and constructivist instructional strategies was used in the design of an intensive summer online course in the context of a support-based online learning environment. The implementation results revealed that students had a positive learning experience in the course and were highly satisfied with their learning outcomes.

EDITORS NOTE: This article is a reprint of a past JIOL article that has been among the most viewed articles and was originally published in volume 4, Issue 2 of the Journal of Interactive Online Learning. The manuscript is presented in its original form.

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Sue-Jen Chen is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology Master of Science program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She teaches courses on instructional design and evaluation, computer applications in education, evaluation and change in instructional development, and instructional video production. Dr. Chen’s research interests include online learning and communication, learning environment design, cross-cultural collaboration, and interactive multimedia design. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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