Introduction to the Special Section on High Stakes Online Learning Design Cases

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Tonia A. Dousay


What do medical professionals, local government officials, and preservice teachers have in common? These learners often have regulated initial and continuing education requirements that require special considerations. For some, the content of the learning experience must include specific regulatory and legal information. For others, the content may be particularly sensitive, requiring a delicacy with respect to content presentation not often encountered in other learning designs.

Learning designed for these audiences represent high stakes contexts that involve high risk if executed poorly and/or hold inherently high value for the learners. Misleading or misrepresented information can result in legal ramifications for and to these designers and their learners. Complicating the high stakes design constraint, these designers often find themselves designing their learning for online delivery.


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Dousay, T. A. (2019). Introduction to the Special Section on High Stakes Online Learning Design Cases. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 10(1), 145–146.
High Stakes Online Learning Design
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Tonia A. Dousay, University of Idaho

Tonia A. Dousay is an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Idaho. She holds a PhD from the University of Georgia in Learning, Design, & Technology, and was the first eLearning Manager for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. Tonia is a K20 educator, Google Certified Innovator, & Google Certified Trainer with 20 years of instructional design and eLearning project management experience.