Tag Archives: instructional design – design thinking

8 Things You Should Know before Using Social Media in Your Course – OLC

Planning to use social media in your upcoming course?  It can be a great way to enhance social learning and improve engagement.  There are a variety of available platforms, and many creative ways that faculty are integrating social media into their teaching practice.

Source: onlinelearningconsortium.org

As an online instructor, everything you do online should be a polished professional effort.  These tips from the OLC make great sense.

What is the SAMR Model?

Published on Jul 12, 2016
The SAMR Model is a way for teachers to evaluate how they integrate technology into their teaching. Is it an act of substitution? Augmentation? Modification? Or redefinition? 

Get tips on great edtech tools and teaching practices at http://www.commonsense.org/education

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Excellent resource for instructional designers and online instructors. 

8 Tips To Promote Non-Linear eLearning Navigation – eLearning Industry

There are times when sequence and structure are the best approach. However, giving your online learners free roam of the eLearning course map offers a variety of benefits. In this article, I’ll share 8 tips to promote Non-Linear eLearning Navigation.

Source: elearningindustry.com

It’s not always about moving from point A to point B. Can you design free roaming courses?

7 Strategies To Avoid Clicky-Clicky Bling-Bling In Learning Design – eLearning Industry

If a course is not intrinsically interesting, then adding bells and whistles in the form of games and adventures can only serve to improve its cosmetic value. The core content remains in the same state – boring and ineffective.

Source: elearningindustry.com

Paint on a glittering game layer won’t ‘fix’ a dull course. Insights for designers here! 

Content Chunking: The Basis To An Engaging And Well-Designed Course – eLearning Industry

Content chunking is quite similar – it is the process of breaking down content into smaller, bite-sized bits of easily digestible information that are easy to comprehend, learn, and commit to memory.

Source: elearningindustry.com

Design Chunking: words to live by.  Read this ‘nicely chunked’ article to see when you should be using this technique and when you should not. 

The Role Of Graphic Design In eLearning – eLearning Industry

One factor that makes eLearning materials work the way they do is design. Graphic designers employ various techniques and principles to make eLearning more effective. Below are 4 reasons why using graphic design in eLearning works so well.

Source: elearningindustry.com

On the desktop, on the laptop, on the pad, on the phone — e-learning can put you in the way of learning so many new things… IF IT WORKS.  The key is instructional design and expert instruction. 

Branching Scenarios: What You Need To Know – eLearning Industry

Want to know about the pros and cons of using Branching Scenarios in eLearning? Check everything you need to know about using Branching Scenarios.

Source: elearningindustry.com

Have you ever fallen asleep on the keyboard while clicking through on-demand e-learning modules?  I have. There’s lots of page turner and quiz e-learning out there and it bores me to death.  HOWEVER, branching scenarios really change the game.  Learn more about this challenging design process!