Web Design Praxiology

Principles for Effective Informational and Instructional Websites

Ted Frick

Questions about Design:

If you know how to use a hammer and saw, does that mean you can design and build good houses?


If you know how to use a word processor, does that mean you are a good writer -- e.g., you can write a novel or a technical report?


If you know how to make a Website (e.g., with HTML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop), does that mean you are a good Web designer?




What is Web Design Praxiology?

1. Types of knowledge of education created by disciplined inquiry:

There are nine types of educology (preservation of signs of knowing about learning that is both intended and guided.):

See educology.indiana.edu for further definitions and explanations.
See also: the Theory of Totally Integrated Education (Frick, 2015)

2. Empirically-tested principles for design of educational websites constitute web design praxiology -- i.e., they have generalizable instrumental value and hence constitute praxiological knowledge.

Design of Effective informational Websites

Design of Effective instructional Websites

Department of Instructional Systems Technology
School of Education
Indiana University Bloomington

Last updated: March 4, 2015