Instructional Design Models and Theories: Instructional Design Theories for Your Next Course

One of the most difficult questions for a course developer to answer is which instructional design theory or theories is best suited to the course being developed. To answer this question, it is important to be aware of the various instructional design theories available, how they might be implemented, and how they can be utilized to meet core course objectives. In this UTO Training session on Instructional Design theory and application, we will discuss seven instructional design theories that you could use to develop your next course. Continue reading

Technology Tools Currently Integrated with Blackboard

At EdPlus, our philosophy is that technology can provide instructors and students with the means to succeed in their online courses and meet their career goals.

In the past, we shared a comprehensive list of third-party tools used in ASU Online courses. In this post, we will share the technology tools that are deeply integrated with Blackboard and you can start using today. We will also discuss tools that we are currently piloting and planning on integrating in the near future.  Continue reading

3 Technologies You Can Use Today to Improve Academic Integrity In Your Online Course

Two in every three students admit to having cheated in their courses, and students in online courses are more likely to cheat than in students in face-to-face courses. Academic integrity is an issue in education and besides pedagogical and community building solutions, instructors may use technology tools built to check and prevent academic integrity violations in online courses. In this post I will briefly introduce three technologies you can use today to improve academic integrity in your online course.

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Using Google+ Communities in your Online Course

Google+ Communities offer some great features to use in your online course: Google+ Hangouts is a great alternative to Skype for having office hours in your online course, you may share your screen to demonstrate something to your students and allows up to 15 people to participate simultaneously. It also offers full integration with Google Drive. ASU is a Google Apps campus and all faculty and students have access to a Google+ account. The best way to plan office hours is to create an event in a Google+ Community for your course.

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The Future of Learning

Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share in whole new ways. This dynamic shift in mindset is creating profound change throughout our society. The Future of Learning looks at one part of that change, the potential to redefine how we learn and educate. Watch as we talk with world renowned experts and educators about its potential to shift away from traditional methods of learning based on memorization and repetition to more holistic approaches that focus on individual students’ needs and self expression.