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8 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Next eLearning Course. Effective eLearning courses don't happen by magic.

8 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Next eLearning Course

They come out of purposeful, thoughtful and learner-focused design. You can create those kinds of courses by following these eight simple and effective rules to instantly improve your eLearning courses. 1) Set a Learning Target Learning targets explicitly state what a learner should know or be able to do by the end of a course and how learners can demonstrate their learning.

Setting a target and a goal achieves two critical goals. 2) One Screen, One Concept Some eLearning course screens look like a jumble of ideas and concepts because the course designer mistakenly presumes fancy design leads to more effective eLearning. 3) Set Time Limits, Not Slide Limits Or in other words, quality over quantity. 4) Use Visuals Instead of Text Transform complicated and dense text into a visual representation of the information. 5) Check your charts 6) Rethink Bullet Points. What Teachers Need to Know about BYOD ( Bring Your Own Device ) Trend in Education. BYOD is the catch phrase in the 2012 educational technology spheres.

What Teachers Need to Know about BYOD ( Bring Your Own Device ) Trend in Education

This acronym stands for " Bring Your Own Device ", I am pretty sure you might have heard of this new trend because wherever you turn you hear people talking about embracing it. I actually have been reading a lot about it to the point that I deem it important that I share with you some of what I understood from BYOD . Bring Your Own Device or BYOT ( Bring Your Own Technology ) has started in the business world with corporations encouraging their employees to bring their own technology devices such as laptops to use in the work place.

This was a strategy to cut down on technology costs and spendings because of the financial crisis the world has witnessed in the recent couple of years. The strategy worked quite well and without even knowing it, it moved to education and so many school districts are embracing it. Digital technology. What is it?

Digital technology

The use of digital technologies to support learning. Approaches in this area are very varied, but a simple split can be made between 1) Programmes for students, where learners use technology in problem solving or more open-ended learning and 2) Technology for teachers such as interactive whiteboards or learning platforms. How effective is it?

Overall, studies consistently find that digital technology is associated with moderate learning gains (on average an additional four months); however, there is considerable variation in impact. Evidence suggests that technology should be used to supplement other teaching, rather than replace more traditional approaches. The Future of Learning: Preparing for change. Create a course. Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom. The future of online learning. In the first of an occasional series featuring two experts debating a hot topic for students, Anant Agarwal and Chip Paucek, chief executives of online learning providers edX and 2U respectively, share their predictions for business education in 2020 On Friday, 16th January 2015, readers will have the opportunity to ask both experts their questions in a live Q&A between 2pm and 3pm GMT.

The future of online learning

Register now to our MBA blog, where the Q&A will be held, and send questions to ask@ft.com. Anant Agarwal, chief executive of edX As 2015 brings us to the middle of the decade, we are encouraged to evaluate the gains of the last five years and speculate on the five to come. Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in an Online Environment. ALIGNMENT: Use assessments that align to learning outcomes and work well in an online environment.

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in an Online Environment

Aligning the learning outcomes from your course with assessment strategies will give you the opportunity to check that your students are accomplishing the learning outcomes. Using a variety of assessment techniques throughout the course provides instructors with the best picture of their students' learning. While there is no rule about what works best, and different subject matters call for different types of assessments, the following are some generalized methods that work well in an online environment (adapted from Palloff and Pratt, 2009). CLARITY: Write clear assignment instructions, use grading rubrics, and share them with students. In an online environment, the potential for students to become confused by coursework expectations may be higher than in a traditional class setting.

Guidelines for written assignment instructions Good feedback skills guidelines. The Ten eLearning Commandments [Infographic] Malcolm Gladwell, author of ‘Outliers’ says that to truly master something takes 10,000 hours of practice.

The Ten eLearning Commandments [Infographic]

That’s a long time. But while Gladwell is probably not too far off the mark, we’d add one small caveat: 10,000 hours of practicing the right way, with the right foundations. So we’ve put together the 10 commandments eLearning professionals must follow to see their courses be a success. Take these rules, incorporate them into your eLearning, and get busy mastering your craft. Commandment #1: Thou Shalt Put the Learner On a Pedestal Now, that doesn’t just mean fancy graphics and cool technology; it’s about making the eLearning experience bespoke, unique, and focused for the learner. Ensure that your learner feels in control and well-oriented.

Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online. J.

Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online

V. Boettcher, Ph.D. Designing for Learning 2006 - 2013 Minor revisions May 2011 Our knowledge about what works well in online teaching and learning is growing rapidly and that is very good news. Here are ten best practices for anyone just getting started in the online environment. Five Pedagogical Practices to Improve Your Online Course. Written by: Rob KellyPublished On: February 8, 2014 Because online courses have fewer opportunities for the spontaneous, real-time exchanges of the face-to-face classroom, online instruction requires a deliberate approach to design and facilitation.

Five Pedagogical Practices to Improve Your Online Course

As Bethany Simunich says, “Online, learning doesn’t happen by chance.”