Monday, 23 April 2012 16:12

Lesson Cycle

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How to plan an online moduleIn the online environment, planning a module is much like planning a lesson for a face-to-face course. Many models for lesson planning exist. The one you choose will depend upon your specific needs. Regardless of the model selected, a typical lesson includes the following segments:

Monday, 23 April 2012 15:37


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ARCSThe ARCS (Attention, Relevance, Confidence, Satisfaction) model focuses on the motivation of the learner. Adult learners generally need to know that the information they are learning is relevant, practical, and builds on their own experiences and knowledge. By building motivation into a design...

Friday, 20 April 2012 21:31

Design Models

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Design ModelsIf design models seem like common sense, investigate a model that is more precise and tailored to your specific objectives. For example, an apprentice program or practicum course may benefit from a simple assessment by asking questions such as:

Friday, 20 April 2012 20:15

Design Theory

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The Ethics in Collecting Student Data to Improve InstructionAny design activity can be done to different levels of precision. A pencil sketch of a bridge is as much of a design as an engineer’s blueprint is, or a 3-D model is. When you begin designing online and blended instruction it helps to use a tool that matches the latitude of your endeavour...

The Ethics in Collecting Student Data to Improve InstructionRecently, I joined a session on the Ethics of Data Collection and Analytics at the online Educause Conference. I wanted to delve deeper into the field of learning analytics, a system of student data collection involving data tracking in a learning management system (LMS) in order to optimize learning.