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Ten Online Training Do's and Dont's

Ten Online Training Do's and Dont's
There are many things to think about when creating an eLearning team and creating online training. This posts list 10 DOs and DON’Ts to consider when building your next team and course. It isn’t a complete list but it does cover the main bases. You can also checkout the animated presentation. Feel free to leave comments on sections that we should add. 1. Now-a-days, almost every training course has a PowerPoint (PPT). 2. Just because someone is an expert at selling the product doesn’t mean that they can design training. Instructional Designer (ID) The ID is in charge of getting all of the information out of the SMEs head. Designer The designer must take the paper concept of the course and make it come to life. 3. We’ve all gone to a website or opened a document and been in utter shock at how much text and information suddenly appeared. Use bullet points. 4. When a learner launches your online course they should know that it belongs to your company. 5. Learners can have three options: 6. Related:  Designing online courses

Background Information for Your Next E-Learning Course During the year I conduct dozens of elearning workshops. I dedicate a large part of the workshop to graphic design because based on what I see, it’s an area that challenges many elearning developers. Most of the people I meet have a training background. They may have some graphic design skills, but they usually find their roots in training. So they tend to be stronger in instructional design than graphic design. Elearning courses are mostly a visual medium which means that graphic design is a key part of building effective elearning courses. What will the course look like? Regardless of how you approach your course design, the course has to look like something. In today’s post I want to offer a simple trick to help you get past the standard PowerPoint design or that template-screen look. Change Your Background Image It’s amazing what a nice background can do for the look of your screen. Many rapid elearning developers will use the application’s default background or a pre-built template.

Designing an effective online learning environment Along with the increasing demands of online learning, concerns about the quality of distance learning have remained among higher education administrators, faculty, and students, as well as the general public. Numerous factors may influence the quality of online instruction. One of these is the learning environment, which plays a significant role in student learning. Learning Environment and Learning Community Physical, social, cultural, and psychological factors of a learning environment have an effect on student learning. It is hard for learning to occur without an environment that is conducive to learning. Human beings have the need to feel connected. Criteria of Effective Online Learning Environments There are similarities and differences between classroom-based instruction and online instruction. Similar to a classroom-based learning environment, an effective online learning environment should meet the following criteria: Safe. Supportive. Interactive. Flexible and engaging.

The 21st-Century Digital Learner How tech-obsessed iKids would improve our schools. Credit: David Julian I give presentations to educators at every level, all around the world. All of the teachers are earnestly trying to adapt their educational system to the twenty-first century. During my talks, however, I typically look out at oceans of white hair. It is a measure of the malaise of our educational system that these old folk -- smart and experienced as they may be -- think they can, by themselves and without the input of the people they're trying to teach, design the future of education. One of the strangest things in this age of young people's empowerment is how little input our students have into their own education and its future. This is unacceptable and untenable. So, whenever and wherever I speak, I do my best to bring my own students to the meetings. What do I find? My approach, when conducting these panels, is to first ask the students a few setup questions: What experiences in school really engaged you?

Five tips for designing effective online learning modules Online learning makes it easy for students to learn what they need to move ahead in their training, courses, or careers. Whether you're designing your original content in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel, when you add it to a Learning Content Management System (LCMS), the way you organize your content can help students learn the material successfully. The learning modules you design will be effective for students if you create a logical structure, reinforce key concepts, and add exercises at just the right points to help students evaluate their own learning. 1: Outline your session Perhaps the most important element in an effective online learning module is the way in which it is organized. 2: Create sections for major steps in the process Design your learning module so that each major task is its own section. 3: Make your introductions clear The introduction of your learning model sets the stage for everything that follows. 4: Reinforce the learning in each section with exercises

Planning for Responsible Tech Integration In February of 2012, full-time classroom teacher and technology author Bill Ferriter will be presenting to the Technology Committee of the Wake County Division of Principals on both the changing nature of teaching and learning in the 21st Century and the steps that school leaders can take to craft careful technology integration plans for their schools. This wiki page will house materials for this presentation. Thought for the Session Making technology decisions in schools is (sadly) a lot like herding cats. Shared Brainstorming Several years ago, the Wake Education Partnership released a report that asked a critical question: What DOES a world class public education that prepares students for the global economy look like in action? Additional Slides for Today's Session Evaluating Your Current Reality One of the first steps that you can take to ensure that your school is tackling digital projects that are sustainable is to think carefully about your current reality.

Characteristics of Effective Online Assignments | The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning Effective online assignments and activities typically... ...take advantage of the Web as a learning environment The Web offers a wealth of information, services, and tools that can be incorporated into assignments and course activities; you can use its networked, hypertextual nature to stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, and promote critical thinking. ...start engaging students early in the course The first assignment is a good indicator of whether a student will complete the course. ...are transparent in their motives and articulate a clear rationale All assignments benefit from a clearly articulated rationale, but this is especially true online, where it can be more difficult for students to ask clarifying questions. ...connect multiple parts of the course Assignments and activities can weave together different parts of the course, helping students integrate what they learn and develop a deeper understanding of the material. ...have clear criteria for evaluation and assessment

Icebreakers Brief Description Icebreakers are short group activities that allow the various people inside a new group:to get to know each other;to become more comfortable with discussing the topic of groupwork; orto become more comfortable with expressing dissenting views. History (if applicable) When to use Use icebreakers at the start of a group activity to engage them to get to know each other and establish relationships for the rest of the gathering. How to use The facilitator invites all the participants to take part in the icebreaker. Tips and Lessons Learnt The facilitator should keep time so that the icebreaker does not eat too much of the time set for the meeting itself but also allow enough time for the participants to get to know each other and interact until they feel comfortable with one another. Examples & Stories From KM4Dev Discussions:Marc Steinlin: "Today I have just opened the Inter-agency Conference on Local Economic Development. Who can tell me more? (add your name/contact email) Tags

Instructional Strategies for Online Courses Instructional Strategies for Online Courses Effective online instruction depends on learning experiences appropriately designed and facilitated by knowledgeable educators. Because learners have different learning stylesor a combination of styles, online educators should design activities multiple modes of learning in order to provide significant experiences for each class participant. In designing online courses, use multiple instructional strategies. Teaching models exist which apply to traditional higher education learning environments, and when designing courses for the online environment, these strategies should be adapted to the new environment. Traditionally, in a teacher-centered classroom, instructors control their environment because they have a monopoly on information. Online learning environments permit a range of interactive methodologies. Learning contracts connect educational needs to individual student needs. The discussion group Guided design Role playing Games The panel