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8 02, 2018

Benefits to a Higher ed Institution in Using MOOCs or Micro-Masters Courses instead of Traditional Online Courses

By | 2018-02-19T20:54:03+00:00 February 8th, 2018|content development, course design, curriculum, education, Instructional Design|0 Comments

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are changing the way we learn online. A MOOC allows a large number of students to learn online at their own pace. Students use open-source material and peer feedback to interact within the course. Top universities like Stanford and MIT are offering students around the world the chance to participate in their courses through MOOCs. The ability to attract a large number of students to a course can bring exposure to a university and potentially increase enrollment. Before designing a MOOC, it is important to consider the differences between a traditional online course and a MOOC.   Read this brief, The Benefits of Using MOOCs or Micro-masters Courses, to explore this topic further.

10 10, 2017

4 Critical Questions to Ask Your Instructional Designers

By | 2017-11-29T20:18:14+00:00 October 10th, 2017|course design, Instructional Design|0 Comments

Have you worked with an instructional designer before? An instructional designer (ID) creates learning outcomes and builds activities that help learners master those outcomes in engaging ways.   Schools, districts, and organizations can use instructional designers to create contemporary, learner-focused professional development courses for their staff. But, before you choose your instructional designer, find one who fits your needs by asking candidates these four questions: 1. Are you familiar with the standards to which our teachers align? You don’t want an instructional designer navigating your curricular standards for the first time. Ask your candidates to provide you with a sample of a course or unit designed using the CTE, Common Core, NCSS, or other curricular standards you use. 2. How might you take the diverse needs of learners into account in your instructional design? A strong ID creates learning activities that engage all types of learners. When reviewing your candidates’ samples, choose the ID who offers learning activities designed for multiple intelligences and different learning styles. 3. With which learner management systems (LMS) are you familiar? [...]