Educational Technology

Introduction to E-Learning

  • Course Instructors

    Mike Menchaca


    Department of Learning Design and Technology | University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa | Email:

    Natalie Perez

    |PhD Candidate

    Natalie Perez is a PhD student in Learning Design and Technology. Her research interests are in the area of online student support services, especially online synchronous tutoring.

    Rachel Mamiya Hernandez

    |PhD Candidate

    Rachel is an instructor of Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She holds a BA in Latin American Studies, an MA in Second Language Studies with a concentration in language teaching and is pursuing a PhD in Learning Design and Technology.


Join us in this MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) where we’ll explore the history and theories behind common approaches to online learning today. 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 in your context of choice. This course uses open content and will culminate in a final project that will contribute to a growing resource that is freely and publicly available.

Course details

  • 6 weeks
  • Language: English
  • Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion

Course activities

  • Readings, videos
  • Small group discussion activities
  • Synchronous online meetings (and/or recordings)
  • Assignments that will be part of a cumulative final project


Tools required

  • Any web-enabled device + internet connection
  • Headset to participate in synchronous meetings
  • Video capture device such as a webcam or smart phone
  • For some suggestions on headsets see The Wire Cutter


  • The next version of this is scheduled to be taught May 2019.
  • Please click on the registration link below if you are interested in the course.


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