4 09, 2019

How to Make a Content Vendor Partnership Work for You

2019-09-04T09:05:48-04:00 September 4th, 2019|content development, Course Creation, course design, vendor|0 Comments

  Partnering with a content vendor offers you several benefits.  Whether you need lesson planning, micro-credentialing, item writing, or full course development, you can benefit from outsourcing your project. Some vendors even offer customization to suit your specific project needs. In such instances, the development options are endless! Below are several ways how you can make a content vendor partnership work for you.   Large number of contractors With content vendors such as A Pass, we have access to a large number of contractors with diverse specialities. This provides you with a workforce that is ready to tackle any project on nearly any timeline.   A successful vendor-client partnership accurately conveys project specifications and ensures development meets your needs. Download this free article, The Key to Successful Client Vendor Relationships Experienced subject matter experts In a large pool of contractors, you will find workers with varying backgrounds. Each contractor will bring their own expertise to the course development. A vendor has experience working with different industries and will pair contractors with the right backgrounds to your course development. [...]

24 07, 2019

3 High-Impact Openers for a High School eLearning Course

2019-08-07T09:38:36-04:00 July 24th, 2019|content development, course design, eLearning|0 Comments

Online learning is not only popular for college courses, it's an equally important part of high school learning. A critical part of developing an engaging eLearning course is to understand what motivates the learner; in this case it is the high school student.  We can describe a high school student's learning profile using these 6 characteristics. Critical thinker Goal setter Engages in self-reflection Prefers active over passive learning Highly curious thinker Seeks connections The first goal of the beginning of an eLearning course is to grab the learner's attention. If the learner is initially hooked, it’s easier to keep their attention.  Here are 3 ways to trigger your high school student’s attention.   Download the infographic, 8 Factors that Lead to an Engaging eLearning Course 1. Increase interactivity in eLearning To spark your student’s interest, incorporate interactive elements that will help them drive their learning. Instead of having a slide progress automatically, include a feature that will allow students to drag, drop, and hover. This will trigger your student to stay alert and involved in the [...]

26 06, 2019

3 Characteristics of Well-Written Multiple Choice Assessment Items

2019-07-10T17:34:42-04:00 June 26th, 2019|assessment, content development, curriculum, kansas, Standards|0 Comments

Writing good multiple choice assessment items might seem easy, but creating questions that truly get at “what students know” takes a good deal of practice.

2 05, 2018

An Easy Way to Correlate Open Educational Resources (OERs)

2018-06-07T21:35:20-04:00 May 2nd, 2018|classroom teaching, content development, education, OER|0 Comments

So many free and open educational resources exist on the Internet that can be utilized to enhance learning activities.   What is an open educational resource? Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are free of copyright or license and publicly available online for anyone to use. OERs include full courses, course modules, lectures, lesson plans, homework assignments, tests, lab and classroom activities, games, simulations, and more.   OERs can be correlated to existing curriculum maps and used to supplement or reinforce lesson plans. Some best practices for the curation of open educational resources include: Consider contexts of the content Identify the type of resource (media, text, or classroom materials) Validate the resource based on core competencies, outcomes, and/or objectives Evaluate the resource based on the 5 Rs criteria: retention, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute View the video below to learn more about OERs and how they can be correlated to your existing curriculum. Find Review Evaluate Tie to standards or lesson plans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bViSNnE662c

15 02, 2018

Current Trends in eLearning

2018-06-12T16:43:41-04:00 February 15th, 2018|content development, curriculum, education, Instructional Design, trends|0 Comments

The year 2018 will bring innovative new developments in eLearning. The use of augmented reality and microlearning are just a few to look out for. Knowing these trends will help keep you ahead of the game and inspire your courses. Below are the top eight trends to look out for in 2018. 1. Location-Based Learning  With a mobile device in hand, learners can receive educational content even in a natural environment. According to Metaari, a market researcher in education, this content is released when the learner reaches a specific location. First-responders can benefit from this innovative technology by testing their location-based knowledge in different facilities. 2. Mobile Learning Mobile learning is on the rise according to figures from Metaari’s Worldwide Mobile Learning Market Report. Out of 119 countries, 37 have seen a 20% increase over a five-year period. Students want easier access to educational content, and more learning institutions will need to adapt. 3. User-Generated Content The 2017 Learning Benchmark Report from Toward Maturity looks at the factors that lead to successful learning in the workplace. [...]

8 02, 2018

Differences between a MOOC Course and Traditional Online Course

2018-06-14T16:00:43-04:00 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.

4 01, 2018

Program Development: 2 Principles to Apply when Developing a New Degree

2018-06-14T15:57:16-04:00 January 4th, 2018|content development, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Planning, education|0 Comments

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. To give students an education they can be proud of—and one that will help them thrive in the career of their choice—higher education institutions have a responsibility to stay current and marketable. One way the academy can accomplish this feat is to offer new degree programs that help them expand their reach and demonstrate their relevance in an already saturated educational market. While program development can be an exciting adventure, it can also be overwhelming and a somewhat daunting and arduous undertaking. Whether an academic institution seeks to introduce a new discipline or make significant changes to an existing discipline, there are some key principles to keep in mind in the development of a degree program. To ensure success of the new program, things such as program viability, fit within an existing program, available resources, administrative support, financial stability, clear academic vision and mission, and [...]

28 12, 2017

3 Differences between a MOOC Course and Traditional Online Course Development

2018-06-15T17:26:25-04:00 December 28th, 2017|content development, education, Educational Content, Instructional Design|0 Comments

Students around the world are logging in to participate in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). A MOOC is traditionally open to anyone and all content is free. The openness of a MOOC leads to enrollment in the thousands with students of varying backgrounds. Students who choose to participate in MOOCs are motivated differently than those who enroll in traditional online courses. Traditionally, no credits are earned by taking a MOOC. Students are instead motivated by personal interest or professional development. The nature of a MOOC is changing. Top universities are now using MOOCs to gain wide exposure. Students can get a taste of what the university has to offer. Some universities are even offering university credits at a fraction of the cost for completing their MOOC. The large scale of a MOOC, and its openness to students from across the globe, changes the delivery of the course. MOOC lectures can be accessed at any time and the course is self-paced with no due dates. Three elements should be kept in mind when developing a MOOC. Peer [...]