Examine all the elements that help create a course.
Recording lecture videos can be a powerful way to share your knowledge and establish a rapport with your students. Unfortunately, these videos can pose challenges to students with certain disabilities if specific design considerations are not met.
Fortunately, by following a few simple techniques and strategies, you can create videos that will be accessible to the vast majority of your students. Continue reading
Many articles and workshops explore complex concepts and tools that may not be suitable for everyone. With this in mind, I asked our instructional design team at ASU Online, “What are some easy, non-technical, low-hanging-fruit-type enhancements for online courses that all instructors should consider? Here are the recommendations we came up with. Continue reading
By Philip Arcuria & Maryrose Chaaban
Rubrics: A Definition
Rubrics have become a highly touted and ubiquitous tool in the proverbial assessment toolbox of higher education instructors. Rubrics can provide a wide range of benefits, from providing consistent feedback to students to decreasing overall grading time. Continue reading
Part 2: Managing groups, peer review, and other peer-to-peer interactions
Whenever student enrollment capacity dramatically increases for an instructor, there are a number of common questions and concerns: How will instructors manage increased grading load? How can instructors facilitate a discussion among 100+ students? How will students receive meaningful feedback? Continue reading
One of the most common questions an Instructional Designer is faced with is, “How can I enhance the student experience in my online course?” Often times, instructors wish to replicate the activities they do in face-to-face courses in the online environment but are not sure where to begin. One recommendation is to consult an instructional designer. We also strongly encourage instructors to participate in the Master Class for Teaching Online, an online workshop designed to facilitate peer sharing of strategies for teaching online. The workshop is facilitated by a team of instructional designers and touches on several best practices. The graphic presented here lists seven best practices for teaching online. Incorporating these best practices will help ensure that you and your students stay engaged and have a positive experience. Continue reading
If you need a little background on what Yellowdig is and how to use it, refer to this: Yellowdig: A Social Learning Platform.
With a little poking around, you’ll notice the useful feature of pinning a post to the top of the board, ensuring students see the most important pin first. Did you know there are other ways to sort pins? Continue reading
What is Yellowdig?
Yellowdig is a social learning platform designed for higher education that integrates with any LMS. Many instructors use it instead of LMS discussion forums.
The best part is that it’s auto-graded and auto-populates grades to your gradebook in any LMS! Students achieve points through word count and participating with common social media behavior, like “liking” or “loving” a post or posting a comment on another person’s Pin. Continue reading
The components of Operant Conditioning are Reinforcement and Punishment. There is positive and negative reinforcement, as well as positive and negative punishment. Positive reinforcing, such as praising or rewarding, strengthens a certain behavior, while negative reinforcing involves the removal of an outcome after the display of a certain behavior.
The schema theory was one of the leading cognitivist learning theories and was introduced by Bartlett in 1932 and further developed in the ’70s by Richard Anderson. Bartlett advanced this concept to provide a basis for a temporal alternative to traditional spatial storage theories of memory, since schema theory describes the way knowledge is acquired, processed and cerebrally organized.
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