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Gamification and Instructional Design

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When I sit down and think about designing a new class, Gamification comes to mind. It really is a combination of lots of learning theories delivered a little differently. This is where my mind goes...

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6 easy steps to follow when designing a new class.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 31, 2013 9:59 PM

Are you considering re-writing some curriculum and incorporating gaming? This infographic provides a great template to help guide you through the process. The six steps are shown in the image above and clicking through to the post will provide additional information on each step. And for those that may be viewing with seeing the image the six steps are below:

* Learning Outcomes

* Big Idea

* Storyboard the Game

* Learning Activities

* Build the Team

* Add Game Dynamics

Boyd Drewelow's curator insight, June 7, 2013 3:39 PM

Gamification

Ryan Cheek's curator insight, August 7, 2013 12:38 PM

I thought that this was a classroom? 

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UsabilityTesting.pdf

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I found this useful and informative article about usability testing in tech ed.  I do enjoy the fact that it starts out by referencing the ISTE Standards for Students as this is something we are using to help guide a lot of our work at my school.  

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Andrew Troxel's comment, November 23, 2014 6:57 PM
This is a great article. I especially like how Flowers presents the material in a concise yet applicable fashion. This is a great piece to have handy once teachers are ready to assess the effectiveness of a lesson or unit. Excellent find! Thanks for sharing!!
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I really liked the article Patrick shared with us and wanted to re-scoop!

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Student Centered Instructional Methods (Infographic)

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I'm a teacher. Now what do I do? There are several ways to engage learners in the classroom. Here are a few ideas if you get stuck. Additional resources: http://people.uwplatt.edu/~steck/Petrina%20Text/Chapter%204.pdf http://teaching.uncc.edu/learning-resources/articles-books/best-practice/instructional-methods/150-teaching-methods https://www.csn.edu/pages/2359.asp http://www1.appstate.edu/~wertsmg/teachmeth.htm ~Mia

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Great list of ideas on how to engage learners in fun and practical ways that are all centered on them!

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Mar Mbodj's curator insight, January 29, 2016 4:09 PM

Déplacement de paradigme et les méthodes pédagogiques appropriées. 

Susanna Lavialle's curator insight, March 25, 2016 5:14 PM
We often tend to carry on with our typical teaching methods, and sometimes believe that the trainer needs to stay in charge of the learning event. It can be useful to check out this list... stop and evaluate the different options out there that shift the weight from teacher to learner. Surely there is a part of the learning objective that could be covered better through a learner centered approach.
Philip Smith's curator insight, August 5, 2016 8:44 AM

Not all learner-centered methods involve group work. Here are some other ideas.

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving | Designing Effective Learning Environments | Scoop.it
By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.

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Free Technology for Teachers: ClassDojo's New Class Story Feature Makes It Easy to Share Highlights With Parents

Free Technology for Teachers: ClassDojo's New Class Story Feature Makes It Easy to Share Highlights With Parents | Designing Effective Learning Environments | Scoop.it
ClassDojo's new Class Story Feature shares highlights with parents: http://t.co/q5Khmw2pgN #edtech @rmbyrne
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Jennifer Colin's curator insight, September 30, 2015 9:14 AM

With social media continuing to grow in popularity, ClassDojo presents a fun and simple way to ensure parents are up-to-date on classroom lessons and events.  As our school is environmentally focused and always searching for ways to reduce paper use, this would definitely be a great site for elementary teachers to take advantage of.

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UsabilityTesting.pdf


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Patrick Donovan's curator insight, November 23, 2014 4:37 PM

I found this useful and informative article about usability testing in tech ed.  I do enjoy the fact that it starts out by referencing the ISTE Standards for Students as this is something we are using to help guide a lot of our work at my school.  

Andrew Troxel's comment, November 23, 2014 6:57 PM
This is a great article. I especially like how Flowers presents the material in a concise yet applicable fashion. This is a great piece to have handy once teachers are ready to assess the effectiveness of a lesson or unit. Excellent find! Thanks for sharing!!
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Usability Testing Demystified

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The value in usability testing comes from the magic of observing and listening as people use a design. The things you see and the things you hear are often surprising, illuminating, and unpredictable. This unpredictability is tough to capture in any other way. Dana Chisnell shows you how.
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This site covers all the bases, but is shorter than the Rubin article we read for class.  The author worked with Rubin and discusses this in the article.  Same material, more succinct.

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Usability testing - YouTube

Here is a video illustrating how we carry out usability research in the labs at Amberlight.
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I like this video because it is simple and to the point. I like how it states that you need to understand what you are trying to find out as a way to design your usability testing. I like how it talks about active testing and how its a faster way to come up with solutions for the problems that you have found.

 

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Brad Dedic's comment, November 25, 2014 12:34 AM
While it is obvious that this is a promo video for Amberlight, it does do a nice job of outlining the benefits and the basic process of a usability test.
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Example Usability Test with a Paper Prototype - YouTube

Performing a usability test early in your website planning process can have huge returns - a paper prototype allows you to do this with a minimal time invest...
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This is a great idea!  This video shows how to conduct a usability test (in this case with a child) for an electronic product using a paper prototype.  He discusses the advantages here (test usability before investing time and money in coding, adapt to unpredictable user actions), and goes through a fairly general approach to using the paper prototype for a web page.

 

Also, the little girl doing the testing is ADORABLE!  :)

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Usability testing - YouTube

Here is a video illustrating how we carry out usability research in the labs at Amberlight.
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This video shows how a company works to complete usability testing.  It mimics many of the steps Rubin discusses in our reading.  Researchers observe while users are using your project.  It is imperative the testers are people that will actually use the product.  It is recommended to involve users early in the design process rather than just at the end before the launch.  Developers can work with researchers to come up with solutions for problems they may encounter during usability testing.

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Andrew Bennett's comment, November 24, 2014 11:04 PM
This is a handy overview! I like that the focus of the video (and of usability testing in general) is quite clearly to get data about how well the product works so that it can be made better.
Jessica Stauffer's comment, November 25, 2014 12:15 AM
I used this video also! I thought it provided a great overview. I really thought it was interesting and great how the video discusses how you should involve people in the process at the very beginning! I agree that by using people in the beginning is an important step because that feedback can help you gain a better understanding of what you are doing right and what you can improve upon. Thanks for sharing!
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Why Teachers Struggle with Usability Testing

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Starting on slide 7 the PPT outlines the difference between teachers and Usability Assessment testers.  The comparison, in my opinion, does a nice job presenting the lens at which both perspective examine testing a product.  The takeaway message I got from this PPT is that teachers should not think like teachers when they are planning and/or conducting a usability test; teachers should be more objective in their approach.

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Cathy Doorneweerd's comment, November 24, 2014 4:41 PM
Interesting break down of how usability testing and education can be used together. Sometimes its hard to get out the teacher frame of mind and into more of the business frame of mind. However, I think if teachers used some more business approaches in their classrooms, great things can happen!
Joni Readout's comment, November 24, 2014 10:04 PM
Slide 8 is interesting. I had the opportunity to attend the NCTM conference in Houston, TX last week and they were pushing for teachers to use math tasks and reverting the gradual release model. Moving away from procedures and into student discussions that are explaining their thinking.
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Usability Testing

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Suggested guidelines on conducting usability testing on websites.  The site includes steps on planning, developing the usability test, conducting the test, the final report, and the additional resources.  There are great suggestions included for each step that also include humor for example: tying up the website designer and duct taping their mouth closed while they watch a usability test.

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24 Usability Testing Tools

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24 usability testing tools for website analysis and optimization. A detailed list of 24 usability testing tools, including pros, cons and pricing for each.
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This is more geared toward usability testing in the business world but there are a few on here that a teacher might find useful.

 

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Karen Hammers's comment, November 22, 2014 11:44 PM
As I was reading this list I felt like I was learning about a whole new chapter of the internet that I didn't even know existed, or had never considered before! I found several of the options very interesting, especially if you had your own website for a business venture or blog. I also wonder how you can become a tester and if you get paid to do this, I think it would be fun to do some testing and give feedback! Thanks for scooping!
Brenda Welch's comment, November 23, 2014 12:35 PM
I have to agree with Karen that this was a whole new concept to me. And being paid to critique websites would be great! I have created a couple of my own websites (Weebly) and am wondering which of the tools I should use on them to make them more user friendly.
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Usability testing with kids - EET

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Week 13: I thought this was a great website with information regarding testing with kids.  It also includes a video with an example of someone doing a usability test with a young child using a website.  It goes through the process and you can each of the steps.  Worth watching!

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Bryan Pasquale's comment, November 23, 2014 1:23 PM
Rainey, I really didn't think too much about this until I had kids, but doing ID with younger kids would have to involve the designer thinking of everything. For example, the other day my son was doing his homework and had to circle everything that started with the (Ba) sound. He circled a fish and I asked him why. He said, "That's a bass." I never would have though of that, but he did.
Patrick Donovan's comment, November 23, 2014 4:41 PM
This is very useful even though I mostly deal with high school students. I think there are some insights that we all could look over. This can even help me as I help my own son learn while at home.
Amy Upah Williams's comment, November 24, 2014 5:21 PM
Great source! I really like how it points out that sometimes designers think something is obvious, when it is really not intuitive at all.
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What Teachers That Use Technology Believe -

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Inclusive list of the beliefs of many teachers who use technology well have.  This list contains many powerful beliefs and ideas of how technology can be utilized and the power that it has to transform how we teach and learn.

 

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A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory

A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory | Designing Effective Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Of the many eLearning theories that influence the practice, three of them are used by professionals on a daily basis.

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Asia’s digital disruption - How technology is driving consumer engagement in the world’s most exciting markets


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miracletrain 夢想驛站's curator insight, September 30, 2015 6:57 AM

Don’t be content with traditional content. Join the dots in a fragmenting world.

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The Demographics of Social Media Users | Pew Research Center

The Demographics of Social Media Users | Pew Research Center | Designing Effective Learning Environments | Scoop.it
The following analysis discusses the demographic characteristics of each of the five social media platforms in the survey. Facebook — 72% of adult internet
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Usability Testing | Usability.gov

Usability Testing | Usability.gov | Designing Effective Learning Environments | Scoop.it
During usability testing participants will try to complete typical tasks while observers watch, listen and takes notes.
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This website includes good information about usability testing. You can find not only the article that I shared but also many different articles on this website about usability testing. I hope you like it!

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Usability Testing: Top 8 Tips for Designing Usability Tests

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Jerz > Writing > Technical Writing > Usability Testing If you already have a prototype document and you want to conduct a usability test, and you're eager to learn how to make the most of ...
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I like how is emphasizes that usability testing is not opinion gathering. Moreover it mentions the value is getting volunteers that do not have a relationship with you because they have a high chance of telling you the truth. People you have a relationship may be hesitant in telling you any mistakes or weak areas of the design. Overall this page gives good information along with examples and so related pages on writing techniques.  

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What Is Website Usability Testing - Short Video Tutorial On Website Usability Testing - YouTube

What is website usability testing http://neccreative.com/7usd-review usability testing explained in a less than 4 min video shared at http://www.youtube.com/...
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Ozlem Karakaya's comment, December 1, 2014 7:45 PM
Hi Mina, this video is a shot but intense summary of what usability testing is and how to conduct it. The steps provided are what exactly we did with my group-mates last semester while I was taking CI 504. Thank you for sharing this with us!
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25-point Website Usability Checklist

Use this simple, 25-point checklist to assess critical website usability issues. Includes free download (1-page PDF).
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I liked this usability checklist as it is simple and can be applied to any website. I think it would be interesting to have students design a website and to use these are some elements of a rubric that students could use to provide feedback to one another. 

 

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What is usability testing? from the Course Foundations of UX: Usability Testing

What is usability testing? from the Course Foundations of UX: Usability Testing | Designing Effective Learning Environments | Scoop.it
What is usability testing? provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Chris Nodder as part of the Foundations of UX: Usability Testing
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Quick basics of usability testing, part of a series of videos about usability testing.  Would be great to include in a presentation.

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Usability Testing & Market Research with eye tracking by SimpleUsability Behavioural Research Consultancy

Usability Testing & Market Research with eye tracking by SimpleUsability Behavioural Research Consultancy | Designing Effective Learning Environments | Scoop.it

siteBetter behavioural research Delivers better results for our clients, improving both user experience and website conversion HD eye tracking glasses give us tremendous clarity and insight into how sites and apps perform on a range of mobile devices. Helping brands and retailers better understand the subconscious influences on shopping behaviour, [...]

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This site works well for my current work environment. Our clients want marketable solutions that will bring down their bottom line through usabliity testing that provides better user input, feedback throughout and final conclusions.  The steps discussed here are ones that match well to this idea: Evaluate, Discovery, Exploration, Rapid Benchmarking, Refinement, and Research. I believe Usability Testing is often an overlooked opportunity for companies/departments to really fine-tune and develop best-practices.

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7 Best Practices for Improving Your Website's Usability

7 Best Practices for Improving Your Website's Usability | Designing Effective Learning Environments | Scoop.it
The Web Design Usability Series is supported by join.me, an easy way to instantly share your screen with anyone. join.me lets you collaborate on-the-fly, put your heads together...
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As our team creates a website for our digital citizenship project, these ideas are helpful in setting up the website, especially to improve the usability of our website to keep teenagers engaged!

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Usability testing with children

Usability testing with children can prevent some unique challenges - find out what exactly these are and what you need to do.
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Week 13:  Here is another terrific resource to utilize with usability testing with kids.  It is a shorter article but covers the basics of dealing with children and testing.  

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Debora Masker's comment, November 23, 2014 10:38 AM
This article is especially helpful as our group is working with fourth graders and we need to make sure that we are cognizant of their unique needs. As we do our usability study we need to make sure we have addressed the comments on the list for our project.