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With the rise of technology, distance learning has grown from a novelty to a necessity. Before the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, many instructors and teachers resisted utilizing a partial or complete distance learning option. Despite the evidence that an online course is as effective as a face-to-face course, the assumption that distance education is inferior persists.
Teaching online isn’t like teaching in the classroom. It requires a different approach and specific online teaching strategies to boost learning.In a digital learning environment, you often have limited time to make sure that your instruction is effective. No matter your audience, you have to provide maximum value. These five online teaching strategies will help you increase engagement and retention for both kids and adults. Want to learn how to put them into practice?
Creating a welcome video can be a great way to introduce yourself to students in your online course. I created this video as an introduction to my Strategic Training and Development Course.
A rubric is a learning and assessment tool that articulates the expectations for assignments and performance tasks by listing criteria, and for each criteria, describing levels of quality from excellent to poor (Andrade, 2000; Arter & Chappuis, 2007; Stiggins, 2001). The clarity of rubrics is the most important characteristic for its comprehension and application.
Quality Matters (QM) is a continuous improvement model for assuring quality of online and hybrid/blended courses through a peer review process. To meet Quality Matters expectations, a course must meet all the Essential Standards AND achieve a total overall score of 85 out of 100 points.
Content chunking involves organizing information in “chunks” so that it’s easier for learners to digest. Instead of memorizing multiple concepts, online learners are able to analyze each concept thoroughly and absorb the content, one bite at a time. Once they’ve assimilated the content, they move onto the next concept.
I’ve learned about instructional designers that we all want to create an environment for effective learning. […]
In training and education, using simple instructional videos are an effective way to provide students with information. I recently encountered a situation where a course assignment required additional student instructions to format and submit their work.
Animation is a valuable tool in e-learning. It can be a unique attention-grabber that keeps your students engaged and interested. Animated characters have a license to be a little silly, which can help to break up lengthy training sessions or courses with a bit of humor. When students watch an animated video, it gives them a visual context to the concepts they’re learning and makes them more likely to remember what they learned long after the class is over.
As instructional designers, we are tasked with designing courses that produce quality learning experiences and greater learning outcomes. An important part of our job is to ensure that all learners can access and utilize the course content. This means that individuals who struggle with vision, hearing, motor skills, or cognitive deficits must be incorporated into our design plan.