Beginning Instructional Authoring: Learning How to Author by Patti Shank “Start simple, so you can accomplish something simple quickly and gain a sense of accomplishment, and then move on from there. Build your skills slowly over time so you can build onto your skill set.” Authoring tools can be intimidating to get started with, I know. Editor’s Note: Parts of this article may not format well on smartphones and smaller mobile devices. First step: Install the darn application! I’m guessing there are a few of you who haven’t even installed the application yet. Vendor tutorials Here’s the best place for everyone to get started. For example, Table 1 lists three commonly used authoring tools and one that’s new that’s getting a lot of buzz (Snap!) Table 1. The best way to use the basic tutorials is to have a very small and simple project in mind. Vendor sites often provide links to in-person training vendors and other training resources. Figure 1. Ready to go beyond the basics? Articulate:
11 Ways to Learn in 2011 Sharebar Because last year’s list of 10 Ways To Learn In 2010 was widely read, I knew I had no choice but to create an even longer list for 2011. The opportunities for online learning have grown tremendously this past year. Interestingly, there seem to be more ways to participate in active learning. 1. We all know how important it is to gain and sustain a learner’s attention. There are three options for reading Focus: 1) Download the free eBook (it’s the fourth item listed on my Goodies page), 2) buy the Kindle edition on Amazon or 3) get the Premium version, which is a complete digital course. 2. Learn how to do something you’ve always wished you could do, but needed step-by-step instructions to get there. 3. There are so many places to visit and so little time. 4. Although life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, these blogs try to provide one. 5. As we slip into the digitization of everything, learning traditional skills becomes ever more important. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools - University of Houston System About the Course Are you overwhelmed by the tidal wave of new technology tools available for teachers and learners? Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools can help channel that flood into a manageable power source for student engagement and motivation in your classroom! This course is designed to provide teachers with strategies to effectively integrate Web 2.0 technologies into their instruction. You will learn how to use these tools effectively in your classroom through unique problem-based scenarios that will help you understand how to choose the best Web 2.0 tool. Course Syllabus Our Web 2.0 explorations during Weeks One, Two and Three are based on ideas in the article, Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever by Arthur Chickering and Stephen C. Week One: Can you hear me now? In Week One, we will explore the first of the seven principles, "Good Practice Encourages Contacts Between Students and Faculty." Week Two: Do we have to do group work? Yes.
What does an instructional designer do? In the past few months, I’ve been asked by a number of different people what an instructional designer does and how to get into the field. I love instructional design because it is a field where I am constantly learning and I have a great variety in what I do. I use so many different skills—writing, web design, graphics, collaboration, planning, plus of course how people learn. Since this question has come up more than once, I thought it would be useful to collect all the information I have emailed people privately and post it here. So without further ado, here’s the first installation: What does an instructional designer do? I’m emphasizing “experiences” here deliberately, even though that isn’t always how others would describe the job. If all you’re doing is dumping content into PowerPoint slides or text to read, you don’t need an instructional designer. How do we do that? Note: I don’t consider this to be a completely comprehensive description by any stretch of the imagination.
The New Learning Architect: A Book Review Sharebar Clive Shepherd’s latest book, The New Learning Architect, starts out where many books for training professionals end. It responds to the learning dilemma of the 21st century, “There is more to know than can possibly be taught.” He builds his thesis around the idea that instructional designers and training professionals will need to become learning architects, people who design environments for learning—similar to the way architects design environments for living and working. In addition to the more traditional skills of understanding requirements, audience characteristics, content and learning constraints, it is crucial for the learning architect to stay current with instructional research and the latest technologies. The Learning Context Clive Shepherd, author of The New Learning Architect In keeping with this approach, Shepherd outlines the characteristics of the four learning contexts as follows: Top-down and Bottom-up Profiles and Stories One last point. Conclusion
Degree finder | Postgraduate study Apply for this degree Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application. Application deadlines apply. MSc Digital Education (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) 2-6 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study) PgDip Digital Education (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) 1-4 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study) PgCert Digital Education (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) 1-2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study) Fees & costs information You will pay the tuition fees for this part-time intermittent programme on a course-by-course basis rather than paying for the entire programme at the outset. MSc: £9,650 PgDip: £6,540 PgCert: £3,225 Individual 20-credit course: £1,075 As fees change each year, the total cost will depend on the length of time you take to complete your programme. Contact information Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0)131 650 6678 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Hamish Macleod (Programme Selector) Phone: +44 (0)131 651 6665 Email: email@example.com Entry requirements
Freelance Instructional Design: More Tips from the Trenches I’ve gotten some great tips from others working as independent consultants or freelance instructional designers in comments on my Getting Started as a Freelance Instructional Designer and Tips for Starting to Freelance posts. I love having so many brilliant and generous people in my network who freely share the wealth of their knowledge. Networking David Harris shared his experience with networking: My approach is to network with local organizations and groups that benefit me socially with like minded people, and gives me a sense of organizations needs and the niche I can fit into to help them meet their learning objectives. I’m really only networking online right now, but reviewing the comments from last summer reminds me that I should be working on some face-to-face connections too. Rebecca notes that networking is an ongoing process: I think the biggest thing to success in consulting is to cultivate your networks and keep them going. Portfolio Diverse Clients Retirement Contracts & Cash Flow
10 Types Of Writing For eLearning When I started counting the types of writing that are potentially required to produce an online course, I was stunned. I realized that one instructional designer can potentially provide the skills of an entire writing department. Not only do we need skills for expository, creative, persuasive and technical writing, but we often write about topics for which we know very little at first. Here you’ll find some brief guidelines that focus on each type of writing. 1. They Skim! Requirements for On-screen. 2. Find the Spark. 3. Video is for Showing. 4. Dull and Dry. 5. It’s Good Stuff. Ideally, the problem or goal has an emotional component—there are consequences of making a particular decision. 6. Would Rather Teach Brain Surgery. 7. Rewriting Definitions. 8. It’s Powerful. 9. The Little Things. 10. Defined. How to Improve Whenever I hear writers speak about their craft, the one consistent piece of advice they give is this, “practice, practice, practice.”
Effective Communication Techniques for Teachers | ALISON Course Description Communication in classrooms is more complex and unpredictable than in many other situations. As a teacher, understanding the unique features and functions of communication in the classroom is very important. This free online course will help you to discover these functions, and how they impact on each individual in the classroom. It will teach you how classroom communication serves a mixture of three purposes at once: content talk, procedural talk, and behavior control talk. Learn how to recognize different elements of communication, not only the verbal but also the non-verbal and the unintended. Certification To qualify for your official ALISON Diploma, Certificate or PDF you must study and complete all modules and score 80% or more in each of the course assessments. Learning Outcomes Manage a Group of Learners
De nouvelles façons de partager son expertise technopédagogique Pour les enseignants, partager ses connaissances technopédagogiques peut être très enrichissant. Il existe de plus en plus de nouveaux espaces, virtuels et physiques, pour échanger avec ses confrères! En voici quelques-uns. En 2011, l’enseignement devient de plus en plus collaboratif. On souhaite partager son expertise pour différentes raisons, que ce soit pour innover, partager des idées, essayer de nouveaux projets ou nouvelles pratiques, poser des questions, se créer un réseau professionnel, etc. « Voir ou lire ce qui se passe ailleurs me semble toujours enrichissant. La technologie facilite les échanges La technologie s’avère un bon apport pour faciliter les échanges entre professionnels de l’éducation. Le site Zoom sur l’expertise pédagogique, sous la direction de Robert David de l’Université de Montréal, est un autre moyen d’amener une réflexion sur sa pratique pédagogique. Des évènements non traditionnels
Précis de recherche en EIAH L’objet des travaux de recherche relatifs aux Environnements Informatiques pour l’Apprentissage Humain (EIAH) est d’étudier les situations pédagogiques informatisées et les logiciels qui permettent ces situations. L’utilisation de l’informatique pour l’apprentissage et l’enseignement se développe et évolue sous le coup de différents facteurs inter-reliés comme la poussée technologique (faible coût des technologies, facilité et banalisation de leurs usages), l’évolution des connaissances scientifiques, la demande sociale ou encore l’évolution des pratiques des enseignants et des élèves. Au sein des travaux et actions liés aux EIAH, les travaux de recherche ont un rôle particulier à jouer : élaborer des connaissances. Actuellement, l’évolution des connaissances scientifiques n’est pas le facteur qui influe le plus sur l’utilisation effective des EIAH. -o-o-o- Le terme conception peut renvoyer à différentes significations. Les EIAH sont des objets artificiels.
Diploma in Teaching Skills for Educators | ALISON Course Description Being an effective teacher requires a variety of skills but some of the most important are the ability to communicate effectively with students, motivate students to learn, and implement successful instructional planning within the classroom. ALISON's free online Diploma course will help you further explore and understand the importance of these skills, and how they impact each individual in the classroom. You will learn how to recognize different elements of communication, such as verbal, non-verbal and unintended. ALISON's free online course will be of great interest to all educators and trainers who want to learn more about effective teaching skills and how to apply them in an educational setting. Certification To qualify for your official ALISON Diploma, Certificate or PDF you must study and complete all modules and score 80% or more in each of the course assessments. Learning Outcomes Manage a Group of Learners
Is your creativity blocked? Sharebar Designing learning experiences can be a demanding task, particularly if you’re devoted to coming up with creative strategies to engage your audience while facilitating learning. At times, however, it feels as though the well is dry and your creative flow has disappeared. This can be due to creative blocks, which you can overcome once you recognize them. Creativity Defined Creativity manifests in many ways, making it difficult for psychologists to study, research and define it. Although psychologists don’t agree on a definition, there is a general sense that creativity involves the production of an idea, action, or object that is new and valued. You may generate creative solutions to life’s problems every day without even realizing it. Creative Obstacles 1. There are many forces that influence our perceptions, including expectations, bias, cultural values and past experience. How can we solve a problem when we aren’t perceiving it accurately? 2. 3. 4. Reference: James L.