21 08, 2019

Online Course Development: Start to Finish

2019-08-21T06:26:25-04:00 August 21st, 2019|eLearning|0 Comments

As more learning becomes digital, the mysteries of instructional design unfold. Luckily, the secrets to developing a great online course follow a logical process. But before developing an online course, there are several wh-questions to ask. These questions determine who the course is for, why the course is needed, and so on. The answers to the wh-questions will differ for each developed course, but the steps for developing each e-course will follow the same basic pattern. Analyzing your online course objective(s) Once an online course objective has been decided, it must be analyzed. Breaking the course into manageable chunks will give the online course structure. One pitfall of chunking a concept is to make the pieces too large. Each chunk should be small enough for a learner to cover in one module. This may mean dividing chunks into smaller pieces. Revision may be necessary along the way.     Assembling the online course development team  Developing an online course requires a team of experts. These include subject matter experts, instructional designers, project managers, graphic [...]

31 07, 2019

Improving the ID/SME Partnership for Effective Online Course Design

2019-08-07T09:48:34-04:00 July 31st, 2019|course design, eLearning, Instructional Design, subject matter expert|0 Comments

Most colleges are creating online courses that serve the learners’ needs for flexibility and convenience. A positive partnership between an instructional designer, or ID, and a subject matter expert, or SME, can lead to a dynamic online course. It’s all about teamwork!  Are you facing challenges, such as limited resources and time constraints to create an online course? What about faculty buy-in? Developing an online course involves more than moving textbook content to slides. It also involves understanding how to engage a learner online. Sometimes faculty don’t understand the role and contribution of an instructional designer. IDs work with SMEs to create engaging and interactive online courses. But, most importantly, it is the SMEs who have the expertise to bring meaning to it. Therefore, partnering a SME with an ID will result in an effective and engaging online course that serves the learner.  Here are some best practices that will ensure a successful partnership:  Create a good match  Partnering a SME with an ID who has expertise in the same area will strengthen the partnership. They [...]

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 [...]

3 07, 2019

Creating Authentic Learning Experiences Part 3: Integrating Authentic Learning in the Curriculum

2019-07-09T15:09:22-04:00 July 3rd, 2019|Course Writers, curriculum, Curriculum Planning, Educational Content, eLearning|0 Comments

This is the third installment in a four-part blog series about authentic learning experiences. In the first part we focused on what authentic learning is. The second part looked at how to develop authentic learning experiences. This post shows you how to integrate these learning experiences into your existing curriculum. Authentic learning sounds great in theory. Who wouldn’t want to give students real-world practice with what they’re learning? You’re just having trouble figuring out how you can incorporate it into your curriculum. It may seem overwhelming. These suggestions will show you just how easy it is to incorporate authentic learning into any curriculum. You may have already integrated it in your course design. Videos You can use videos to show students exemplars of procedures and techniques they’ve learned. You can stop videos at specific instances to ask students pointed questions.  The videos guide your discussion and help students see a visual representation of what they’re learning Additionally, videos can also allow students to show rather than tell their learning. They have the opportunity to put the [...]

1 05, 2019

Online Learning Curation: The How and Why

2019-05-01T17:42:47-04:00 May 1st, 2019|eLearning|0 Comments

The world of health sciences is vast and becomes even larger when content goes online. The number of courses offered online is daunting. That volume, however, does not always equate to quality. The challenge is to find the courses that offer the highest-quality learning experiences. So, how does one sift through the mountain of online learning opportunities? The Need for Curated Online Courses The solution is an easily accessible, peer-reviewed list of available online courses. These curated courses meet a very real need and can lessen some of the pressure on those in the educational world. Curated courses provide educators the assurance that they are providing high-quality online learning experiences to their students. These courses also prepare students for many careers, including health care. Public Health Learning Navigator and Other Resources One of the most exciting resources available is the Public Health Learning Navigator. This online database is a cornucopia of online courses. Courses are nominated by educators and developers, and then subjected to a peer review. The review process includes a high level of scrutiny [...]

13 02, 2019

4 Best Practices for Designing a Mobile Learning Curriculum

2019-02-14T23:50:54-04:00 February 13th, 2019|curriculum, Curriculum Planning, eLearning|0 Comments

What is Mobile Learning? Smartphones, tablets, and laptops are often viewed as distractions for students.  Since technology has become a necessity in our daily lives, why not integrate it into the learning framework? Those distractions can actually be used to achieve educational goals. Mobile learning is an educational system that allows students constant access to learning with electronic devices. While apps are a piece of the mobile learning world, they are just one piece of the puzzle. Mobile learning includes videos, audio, polls, discussion boards, interactive quizzes, and more. Why the Appeal? Mobile learning is quickly gaining popularity with educators and students across all grade levels. Educators can appeal to students with varying learning styles using different mobile platforms. Students are motivated by the idea of integrating their devices into classroom activities. Mobile learning also expands the possibilities of interactive learning. It allows students to access and expand curriculum at any time and in any place.   How to Plan a Mobile Learning Curriculum The first step in designing a quality curriculum is to determine how [...]

5 09, 2018

Should You Revamp Your Legacy Courses?

2018-09-05T14:22:25-04:00 September 5th, 2018|Educational Content, eLearning|0 Comments

They may be technologically obsolete, but legacy courses contain riches you don’t want to leave behind in your eLearning development plans. New courses are ready to emerge from all those assets! If you transform rather than transfer legacy content, you can leverage those riches. Think personalized content, reusable assets, easily managed updates, participatory content creation. Translation: time savings, cost savings, and the educational benefits of a flexible, immersive, and interactive experience for the generation of students that are now demanding it. Here are some rationales on making the yes/no conversion call for your eLearning legacy courses. Select Your Courses Target high quality, high demand legacy courses for your initial conversions. Doing this, it offers the potential for maximizing returns on your eLearning development by mining the best from the best. Example: You have a course series no one has accessed recently written by a nationally recognized expert. Find out why. Lack of accessibility on mobile devices? Content outdated in places? Conversion can take care of both. If the courses are sound and in demand, put them [...]

22 08, 2018

Factors Affecting the Cost of eLearning

2018-08-23T15:09:31-04:00 August 22nd, 2018|eLearning, Instructional Design|0 Comments

So, you are thinking about taking the plunge into eLearning development, but where do you begin? There are so many options out there. In this technological age we have so much information available to us, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Finding the perfect balance of cost and content can be difficult, especially if you are new to the eLearning environment. There are three big factors to consider when examining the costs of eLearning. 1. Instructional Design Instructional design is the process through which learning products or experiences are designed, developed, and delivered to educators and students. There are three basic needs to take into account for any instructional design project: Resources Content Structure Resources include not only personnel, such as subject matter experts, but your time and energy as well. It takes a village to create a suitable learning environment. Finding the appropriate personnel can be expensive and time consuming. Content is often the costliest element of eLearning development, as it is both the most time-consuming element and requires the most personnel. The more content [...]