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.

Friday, 20 April 2012 19:27

Updating your classroom

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Learn the different ways to deliver a courseCourse delivery is more flexible now than it has ever been before. Student achievement research shows different delivery methods can be equally effective. In short, good teaching is the result of good instructors. This means the instructor of today not only has choice in what to instruct, they have choice...

Friday, 20 April 2012 17:46

Formative vs. Summative Assessment

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Formative vs. Summative AssessmentAn instructor may choose to use different learning activities and assessments to encourage learning. There is a large difference between what is used to provide feedback (formative assessment) and what is used as a summary of learning (summative assessment).

Friday, 20 April 2012 16:47

Course Design Terminology

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Course Design TerminologyWhen you’re designing a course, especially when it is your first time, there can be a lot of new terminology to learn. Here’s a quick list to get you started. This is instruction that does not happen at predetermined or regular intervals.