6 11, 2019

Using Microlearning Approaches To Keep Students Engaged

2019-11-06T18:17:06-05:00 November 6th, 2019|eLearning, Instructional Design|0 Comments

We know today’s students are distracted. Texts need answering. Emails need replies. Besides that, students drown in content. Consider breaking courses into bite-size chunks. Provide little lessons for students.

30 10, 2019

Guiding Principles of Integrating Multimedia in eLearning

2019-10-29T08:13:58-05:00 October 30th, 2019|eLearning, Instructional Design|0 Comments

Integrating multimedia into your eLearning courses engages learners, but the latest research indicates too much interactivity may frustrate your learners.  In the hands of a skilled developer, multimedia interaction positively impacts knowledge transfer. Course navigation menus appear and disappear when needed, creating screen space.

2 10, 2019

Should you integrate new technology in eLearning courses?

2019-10-01T22:29:56-05:00 October 2nd, 2019|eLearning, Instructional Design, technology|0 Comments

With today’s new technology, it is tempting to add sparkle and glitz to an eLearning course. But as the saying goes, not everything that glitters is gold. Deciding if and when  to use new technology can be tricky. Here are four factors to consider. Relevance The general rule of thumb is only use new technology, like games or AR/VR, if it adds meaning to an eLearning course. When creating a module, ask what would help the learner meet the objective. If a simple diagram works, use that. If a learner has to demonstrate mastery of knowledge, such as a process, new technology may be the most effective. The key is to consider the learner. What does the learner need in order to be successful?  Possibilities When looking to add technology, there is an ever-increasing range of possibilities. However, not all options are appropriate for every module. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type of new technology. For example, creating virtual reality (VR) could be very expensive. It may also be hard for an older learner [...]

21 08, 2019

Online Course Development: Start to Finish

2019-08-21T06:26:25-05:00 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

2019-08-07T09:48:34-05:00 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 [...]