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It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for instructional designers. It's been a time of uncertainty and adaptation as we navigate new ways of teaching and learning. However, even though the pandemic has been overwhelming at times, it's exciting to think about the possibilities that lie ahead.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced rapid changes in the way organizations operate. With the shift to remote work and new technologies, leaders had to adapt quickly to keep their businesses operational. These changes usually take time to plan and implement and convincing employees to embrace new systems can be challenging. However, the crisis forced everyone to realize that change was necessary.
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?
As an instructional designer and educator, understanding and using Bloom's revised taxonomy is crucial to creating significant learning experiences. An important part of the course design process is aligning the Bloom's levels with the topic.
Numerous articles, studies, and reports point to the remarkable growth of online education and the difficulty of justifying eLearning to faculty members.
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. […]