A recent Faculty Focus article, “Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom,” identified seven principles of good instruction that are important considerations when designing or facilitating an online course.
Many of us in the instructional design world were panicked recently when our bookmarked link to Radio James Objective Builder came up empty. Our panic quickly led to moans of, “Oh no, now we need to redesign our curriculum resources handouts, workshops, training materials, etc.. Where did Radio James go?”
Why is it that some instruction is long remembered and leads to change and some is forgotten as soon as a multiple-choice exam is submitted? Why is some teaching “sticky” and some completely dry?
Often I go to the Faculty Focus site to find helpful articles on instruction written by teachers. I enjoy their posts so much that I even subscribe to their online newsletter. Recently, they sent out Six Ways to Get Your Online Students Participating in the Course which contains six common sense, EASY ways to encourage your students to ENGAGE.
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.
When you are creating a course, strive to design with the end in mind. After you have established a set of measurable learning objectives for your course, work to develop assessments that are aligned with your stated learning objectives. Think of the learning objectives as a set of skills, knowledge, or abilities that your students will be able to demonstrate a mastery of at the end of the course. Then consider the assessments as a way for the student to prove they are capable of that mastery.
Good design is an important part of getting your point across in a presentation. Over time Google added a bunch of features to help users bring a little something extra to your decks, like slide transitions and animations, thousands of free stock photos, and a growing collection of templates.
Google Drive is the new home for all your files and folders including your Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. All files previously stored in Google docs are now available in Google Drive. New features allow users to access their files from everywhere, on every device, improved search and wider integration with third-party apps.
One of the things that I always hear people say about iPads is that it is great for “consuming” content, but not for “creating” content. I disagree that an iPad cannot be use for creating content and one of these apps that I use to create content is Skitch.
When you begin creating a course, you want to design with the end in mind. The best way to approach this is to start by writing measurable, learning objectives. Effective learning objectives use action verbs to describe what you want your students to be able to do by the end of the course or unit. Aligning assessments with course expectations is much easier when you have written measurable objectives from the beginning.