Numerous articles, studies, and reports point to the remarkable growth of online education and the difficulty of justifying eLearning to faculty members.
Understanding the connection between formative and summative assessments, and the how formative assessments should help the learner do well on the summative assessment, is vital for an instructional designer.
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.
Addressing generational differences in course design is an important, yet challenging task for instructional designers. In theory, design for younger learners is less complex than design for mixed-age adult learners. Much has been written comparing Baby Boomers to Millennials; however, today’s secondary schools are not filled with millennials. These students are from Generation Z (also known as post-millennials, iGeneration, Homeland generation).
My experience includes working as a nonprofit training and development specialist, training director, and as an instructional designer in higher education. Plus, I'm almost finished with my IDTE Master's program (3 classes to go!). Basically, I could be considered something between a novice to early intermediate designer. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
Online learning fills a vital role in the modern education landscape. The benefits include opportunities for adult learners, people in areas where access to traditional learning is limited or nonexistent, young women who live in areas where gender issues restrict access to education, and many more.
I’ve learned about instructional designers that we all want to create an environment for effective learning. […]
Storyline is a product that I've wanted to try for some time; however, I didn't think it was possible using a Mac. Before I downloaded Lectora, I decided to review Articulate's products just in case they had developed a Mac version. Imagine my surprise when I realized Rise 360 is a web-based option!
Dr. Dee Fink was the founding director of the instructional development program at the University of Oklahoma and is currently principal in Dee Fink & Associates. His work with significant learning led to the development of what he calls the five principles of course design and Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant 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.