Educational Technology

Introduction to E-Learning

  • Course Instructors

    Naomi-Grace Lau

    Paul McKimmy

    Paul McKimmy, Ed.D., is a faculty member in the UHM Department of Learning Design & Technology. He serves as Director of Technology and Distance Programs for the College of Education where he herds the cats in instructional support, technical , and media services. Professionally, he gets excited about learning technical skills; leveraging open-source software; creating student success and maintaining a mild caffeine buzz. Personally, he dabbles in DIY, stand-up paddling, gaming, and occasional attempts at fitness.


Join us as we explore the history and theories behind common approaches to today’s online learning. We’ll take a look at e-learning from the perspectives of the designer, the instructor, and of course, the learner. Through independent and collaborative activities you’ll get a better understanding of how to conceptualize designs for good e-learning, centering your designs in your context of choice. This course uses open content and culminates in a final project that will contribute to a growing resource that is freely and publicly available.

Course details

  • 6 weeks (Summer) 12 weeks (Fall or Spring)
  • Language: English

Course activities

  • Readings, videos
  • Small group discussion activities
  • Synchronous online meetings (Optional, but encouraged. Recordings will be available)
  • Assignments that build to a cumulative final project


  • None. Various readings, all freely available online.

Tools required

  • Any web-enabled device with a stable internet connection
  • Headphones or earbuds
  • Microphone (many earbuds/headsets have them)
  • Video device such as a webcam or smart phone (built-in versions OK)

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