While it's important to establish routines and expectations that students become familiar with, there's little better than that moment when you can lead a learner to a place where he goes, "Oh! WOW! I didn't see that coming! It makes total sense now!"
Most of us have been through an eLearning course and completed a simple multiple choice quiz that seemed pointless and a waste of time. These poorly developed assessments can reduce the credibility of our otherwise well-designed eLearning courses.
This resource makes some great points. Work to reach as high as you can in Bloom's Taxonomy with all question, even multiple choice. Can you present a question that requires synthesis rather than just recall?
There is a thin line between creating elearning that is effective and creating a course that misses the mark. Many instructional designers go through great lengths to create engaging, flashy elearning modules, but end up doing more bad than good.
Daniel Moix's insight:
"Guide the Viewer’s Eye" There's not a lot of difference between an infographic and a third grader glog in terms of the components that go into it, but there's a night and day difference in how a well-designed infographic flows and communicates.
I came across this awesome graphic on 21st century learning and found it really worth sharing with you here. The graphic is pretty basic and dissects learning into three major areas: foundational knowledge, meta knowledge, and humanistic knowledge.
Foundational knowledge is associated with the verb to know and is about content across different disciplines. In other sense, to know means to internalize and be familiar with the insights of the content area under study.
Meta knowledge is knowledge about knowledge. It is learning to learn, a way to think critically about the knowledge you internalize and act upon it. Humanistic knowledge, on the other hand, is a step higher. It is value-laden and requires both inter and intra personal judgement.
Which knowledge comes first ? This is a question I have been thinking about for a while but found it hard to make such classification because learning, I believe, is not a linear process and learners have different learning strategies. Do you have a different stance on this? Please share with us in the comment form below.
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This cheat sheet can help an organization develop those personas to move instruction from mediocre to effective eLearning courses.
Daniel Moix's insight:
When I'm designing courses, I use a very stripped down version of personas. I have "Lazy Daniel," "Busy Daniel," "Lost Daniel," and "Overachiever Daniel" (which is somewhat redundant). I try to make sure each version of myself as a learner is accounted for in my course design.
I like the idea of making this systemic. I can also plan for "Single Mother Daniel," and others. Maybe that would be Danielle?
As a Google Certified Trainer, I'm partly to "blame" for the adoption of Google Applications for Education. I've long said that it isn't the tool that makes a school great, but how the educators at that school use the tools to make learning richer and more accessible.
One of the elements he discusses is the "Talking Logo." I'd say mine is, "I help teachers who want help reaching more of their students." The "How do you do that?" response is, "by pairing sound pedagogical practices with technologies that didn't exist when most teachers learned to teach."
Much like the dentist schedules your next appointment before you leave the current one, I write my follow-ups to advisees and students who need to be reminded of their commitments as soon as they leave my office. I post-date those messages and let them fire when needed. I use Streak to do this, a plug-in for Google Mail. Sometimes I send email to my "future self."
RT @TLBissette: Parents and Students Want More Online Learning Courses, But Few Teachers Willing to Teach Them http://t.co/ZEr2miKL9x
Daniel Moix's insight:
It takes a special kind of student and a special kind of educator to succeed in the classroom of the 21st century today. My focus is on how to be the educator that makes that 21st century classroom work for ALL students.
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