Various pedagogical approaches that are helpful in content development (defining modules or sections of educational material) for e-learning include Laurillard’s Conversation Model, Gilly Salmon’s Five-Stage Model, and cognitive, emotional, contextual, and behavioral perspectives:
- Laurillard’s Conversation Model emphasizes the interactions that take place between teacher and learner, and between experience and theory.
- Gilly Salmon’s Five-Stage Model stresses greater interaction and group participation.
- Cognitive perspective focuses on how the brain works, emotional perspective focuses on the motivation of the learner, contextual perspective focuses on the environment and interaction with other people.
- Behavioral perspective focuses on the outcomes of the learning objectives.