on EDUC 763

I have gained a lot of good information and some valuable tools for create and designing e-Learning. It has give me more confidence in my instructional design abilities. I look forward to experimenting with some authoring tools that I can use to create some learning modules. 

What did I learn?

I was introduced to Universal Design of Learning (UDL). Universal Design for Learning recommends ways to provide cognitive as well as physical access to the curriculum. Students are provided with scaffolds and supports to deeply understand and engage with standards-based material. They not only have access to content and facts, but they learn to ask questions, find information, and use that information effectively. They learn how to learn.

Technology tools, if designed according to the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and UDL guidelines, can be created to support the individualization necessary to engage all learners. .

I learned more about Chunking online material.  A passive piece of learning should be followed by an  activity or some active learning.  As an instructor, chunking is something that I do in my classroom. I chunk naturally when presenting instruction, but having to write the chunks and bridge activities really stretched me.

I learned about Absorb-Do-Connect Activities. This chart helps the course designer to focus instruction. According to Horton, learning requires 3 types of activities, absorb-do-connect.  An absorb activity is one that requires the learner to absorb knowledge by reading text, watching animation or listening to narration. The learner is engaged in passive learning. The next type of learning has the learner complete an activity or task or do something. They might play a game or practice a procedure or answer questions. This is a time for the learner to practice, explore and discover their own learning. The final type of learning activity has learners connect what they are learning to their work, lives or prior learning. Connect activities help the learner bridge current learning with future application of that learning. These activities are done in a cycle that begins with an absorb activity.With this in mind, I expanded my Alignment Chart to include an Absorb-Do-Connect activity for each learning objective. This was a difficult activity and I had to continually go back to the Absorb-Do-Connect Slides. I finally figured it out.  I really like the Alignment Chart, better to spend time up front getting everything figured out and it helped me to get focused on what learning and activities would be incorporated into my course.

Writing Learning Objectives. Ugh! This is my least favorite part of teaching. I know the importance and value learning objectives have for course and learner success. There is the ABCD method of objective development. A=Audience (Who?), B=Behavior (What do you expect?), C=Condition (How?), D=Degree (How Much?).   

I enjoyed this course in my desire to earn my e-Learning/Online Teaching Certification.  Although I ran into a few bumps in the road this class reinvigorated me, I most enjoyed discussing thoughts and ideas with a new group of learners. Some classmate are already practicing e-Learning or instructional design. So, overall this class was great, it helped me expand my horizons!