We’ve all done it. A new tool gets introduced, and we find several ways it can be applicable to the lessons we teach all in the pursuit of making sure the ways we present information to our students are relevant, interesting, efficient, and current. But is this actually helpful? Do our students get a better experience when we introduce the latest programs, software, and technologies?Continue reading “How Much Is Too Much?: A Look at Tool Use in an Online Course”
Many conversations addressing education lately have returned to the way various designers, instructors, learners, and stakeholders define a particular modality and its effectiveness. Some individuals focus on a modality’s apparent constraints instead of its affordances as an excuse to do less or remain stagnant, while others view the very same limitations in addition to the modalities strengths as a way to explore more options for how to reach learning goals in a new way.Continue reading “Limited by Modality”
There is a spectrum of opinion about online learning, inclusive of two polar opposite sides in the discussion: it’s either new and exciting and every course should be online, or it is a scary new technology that destroys the personal communication essential for a “good class”. As I consider this debate, something that both groups should realize is that it’s easy to fall into the trap of defining instruction through the use of a tool, rather than realizing there is an inherent separation between the instruction and the tool. Today I’ll explore the differences and how this separation impacts our design.Continue reading “Looking Through a Learning Tool”
Back in 1997, I was a member of the Ed Tech faculty at Northern Arizona University. We had decided to move our Masters of Educational Technology online—and did what an inexperienced faculty without support would do.
We took our face-to-face curriculum and put it online.
It went about as well as you would expect.Continue reading “From Instructional Design to Learning Design”
When thinking about the demographics of students currently enrolled in colleges and universities, we often first consider traditional students, between ages 18-24. However, enrollment trends in traditional, blended, and online programs are revealing that nontraditional students, those ages 25 and older, are becoming more and more prominent in the classroom. Today I want to discuss the dynamics of nontraditional students, the pressures they face, and what it means to go the extra mile in order to understand their needs and enable them to succeed.Continue reading “Going the Extra Mile: Understanding Non-Traditional Students”
Congratulations! You survived and got your final courses reviewed and published for 2018! Now’s the time for a well-earned break—at least that’s what we’ll be doing. Take some time to relax, and reflect on all the good you’ve done this year, and how you can improve in 2019. We can all be better.
Whatever your plans for the holidays, we hope you have a wonderful and relaxing time spent with family and friends, or just sitting by the fire reading a good novel. If you’re looking for some good choices, Jessica or Gary can probably toss some recommendations your way.
We’ll be back in January with our regularly scheduling programing—along with some fun new formats too!
Around Thanksgiving, it’s nice to pause in our busy schedules to consider what we’re thankful for.
Over the past year, our team had incredible opportunities to connect with others—on Model eLearning, Twitter, at conferences, and of course, on our own campus. Everyone we’ve talked to shares a drive to improve the learning experience for all learners. Whether you’ve followed from the beginning or just popped in to read a recent post, we’re thankful for what you bring to the conversation.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving—we hope you have great food, good conversations, and return ready to finish 2018. We’ll see you next week with new content.
Monday was Labor Day here in the States.
We were at a BBQ.
Classes start this week.
We ate too much BBQ and can’t find our keyboards.
Some of us were making spaghetti sauce.
OMG, CLASSES START THIS WEEK!
These are just a few of the many reasons why we’re taking this week off from giving you new content. We’ll return to our regular schedule next week.
It’s the 4th of July weekend here in America, so we’re on the beach. Or setting off fireworks. Or just “up north” (it’s a Michigan thing). We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled content next week.
We were gonna pretend that we had some relevant way to tie this into eLearning, but it turns out sometimes, you just need to chill.