How to Measure Online Course Effectiveness


Instructional designers aim to provide the necessary content to accomplish these goals, but sometimes the delivery of a course or training isn’t very effective. Luckily, there’s a proven process that helps you measure the effectiveness of your courses and start to fix any problems in their delivery. How to Implement Effectiveness Measurement Plans. It should also be noted that this approach to measuring course effectiveness highlights the results of training.

“Good Enough” in Learning and Development

Tom Spiglanin

The Scientific Method applied to the work of L&D. This should mean a substantially improved ability to deliver the most effective blend of performance improvement solutions for all of our customers. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Strategies?

Learning Visions

Im not just thinking about the gadgets and the gizmos that you use or the instructional design "method" behind the process (e.g., Things might get a bit silly with all that snapping, but I bet its effective. My bet is many eLearning designers dont often have the time to develop creative instructional strategies. I think this is a really useful technique, especially when youve got an effective graphic (think branding) to expose your learner to again and again.

The Secret to Beating the Forgetting Curve


Doesn’t being exposed to a new fact or a new method automatically embed it in our memory, where we can retrieve it later at will? This is more effective than cramming the entire arc of a lesson into one nonstop session. Offer multiple methods for students to practice new concepts or techniques —especially through hands-on exercises that give them an opportunity to apply recently-learned information in a new context that reinforces its relevance.

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#CoronaVirus, class closures and communication

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As teachers come to terms with what this means, many will turn to tried and trusted methods of education that involve distancing. One meta-study database (established in 2004) shows that online learning (when done effectively) is at least as effective, if not more effective than traditional courses. As early as 2001, Thomas Russell's No Significant Difference studies gave a first indication of the effectiveness of distance and online learning methods.

Assessment in the digital age

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Image from JISC publication This table is very useful summary for anyone who is interested in aligning assessment with teaching methods. Examples include testing that misses essential learning outcomes, or inappropriate methods of assessment that students are unable to successfully complete. JISC (2017) Effective Assessment in the Digital Age.

14 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 18

Upside Learning

Whatever your philosophy regarding frontal teaching methods and the uses of Smartboards, there’s no denying two facts: Smartboards have become extremely popular tools in educational institutions & are relatively expensive and eat major portions out of our shrinking school budgets. Many schools and classrooms all over are investing in mobile devices and educators want to know how to use them effectively, the apps to consider and more. 30+ Places To Find Creative Commons Media.

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Weapon of choice

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One of my methods is to provoke a discussion with students and then summarise their comments and arguments on the board. Another method is to get students to use the board to present their ideas. There are so many other methods I could write about here, including quizzes, brainstorming sessions, and illustrations/diagrams, but now it's your chance. Hopefully we can start a discussion thread about the effectiveness of different technologies, media and tools for education!

Creating an Attractive Online Classroom: Organizing and Optimizing Your Courses

eThink Education

As school districts and institutions determine whether to conduct their learning partially back in the classroom or in a fully remote environment, instructors may be worried about their ability to build an engaging and effective online classroom.

The Demise of E-learning (the brand)

Tom Spiglanin

Our first products, known simply as Computer Based Training, or CBT, had no inherent dissemination method, instead relying on distribution of diskettes or CD-ROMs. Perhaps “e-training” would have more appropriately described our online training products that followed CBT and WBT, but our workplace training organizations had also recently undergone somewhat of a transformation, focusing more on outcomes (learning) than methods (training).

#3quotes from Freire

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Here I present some of my annotations to accompany three classic quotes from the book, to get you started: Freire is critical of the transmission method found in schools, in which what he calls the 'banking concept', is consistently applied. He believes that the transmission method of education is undergirded by an ideology of control and oppression. dialogue education Freire learning narrative pedagogy problem posing education schools teachers transmission method

How to Create eLearning Courses Quickly


T his step by step plan is a way to formulate a plan to create a method of strategizing or formulating a plan of action to help streamline that process. If someone allows you to reuse that video it will provide you with an embed code via the Creative Common licensing agreement that can easily be added to any course and then you are able to quiz or have the student take an exam on the borrowed material making sure that knowledge transfer has taken place.

The State of Instructional Design

Tom Spiglanin

Perhaps it’s tempting to blame the design process for failing to produce effective solutions, but I would disagree. This in no way suggests we give up responsibility for developing effective formal workplace training. Then we need to keep our teams focused on the validated skill or knowledge gaps and bring sound adult learning methods to bear. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

Tom Spiglanin

Perhaps because the format was virtually given, there was tremendous emphasis on methods of engagement, scaffolding experiences, and devising countless ways to entice workers to learn. Even as the nature of work and jobs began to change with the introduction of business computers, the formal part of the workplace learning process remained largely the same as it had for decades, and the methods that worked continued to be useful.

Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

Tom Spiglanin

Perhaps because the format was virtually given, there was tremendous emphasis on methods of engagement, scaffolding experiences, and devising countless ways to entice workers to learn. Even as the nature of work and jobs began to change with the introduction of business computers, the formal part of the workplace learning process remained largely the same as it had for decades, and the methods that worked continued to be useful.

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 3

Tom Spiglanin

In this final installment of this Learning and the Changing Workplace series, I address what I see as the most compelling reason for L&D needs to change the way we work, augmenting or even replacing traditional methods with more responsive and effective approaches in the evolved work environment. Illustration of both the hierarchical workplace network and the public network from the perspective of a single connected worker, who is effectively a node on both networks.

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New pedagogies?

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In a recent blog post, Antonio Teixera , President of EDEN wrote: "By just adding 21st century technologies to 20th century teaching practices we’ll only be diluting the effectiveness of teaching." Firstly, the technology will not fit the teaching method. Secondly, the teaching method will constrain the affordances of the new technology. Thirdly, the effectiveness of both technology and teaching will be diluted.

How will we learn tomorrow?

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One of the best questions I fielded was ''How have learning methods evolved over the past 10 years? The ways education, learning and development will harness these tools over the next few years will establish for some time how deeply they will reach into organisations, and how effectively we will develop our learning methods for some years to come. Open views on learning by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Four Core Elements of Great Learning — and How to Avoid ‘Teaching by Telling’


The right delivery method (everyone learns differently — what is the right approach for this audience and this message? A follow-up process to assess the effectiveness of the lesson — how did the class or audience understand and use the new information? Teaching is a dynamic process that constantly assesses the content, the learner and the method to find the right combination that optimizes results. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user Geetesh Bajaj.

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Online assessment: the student voice

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Teachers in schools are considering the extent to which common pedagogical methods can be adapted into online environments, or whether they need to be completely revised and reconceptualised. Assessment is the measurement of learning; One definition suggests that assessment is 'the wide variety of methods or tools that educators use to evaluate, measure, and document the academic readiness, learning progress, skill acquisition, or educational needs of students.'

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Makeshift reality

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However, the concept behind VR - simulation - is a sound and successfully used method of training in many fields of work. This kind of 'makeshift reality' will continue to grow in importance and as the price of VR systems reduces and we begin to understand more about the effects on learning, so we can expect see new and exciting emergent applications for these tools in learning and development.

Designing a PowerPoint Screencast Using Camtasia

TechSmith Camtasia

Screencasts are an effective teaching tool that offer instructors greater versatility in developing lesson plans. 4 There are two general methods for creating an instructional screencast: Record the computer screen, provide narration, and use a digital tablet to show, for example, content that requires a sequence of steps, such as solving a math problem or showing chemistry equations in real time. Screencast videos can be a very effective learning technique.

Why lectures?

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It seems strange that although research points to their ineffectiveness as a method of learning, lectures still figure predominantly in higher education. Some academics might argue that when faced with a large group of 150 or more students, the lecture is the only viable method. Patently this is untrue, but moving away from this traditional method seems to be a complex problem to address. A recent article on the BBC News website asks why lectures aren't obsolete.

Three Questions Every Workplace Trainer Should Ask


Are there training methods you aren’t already familiar with? How does it help you become more effective in your work? What is missing that would help you become more effective in your work? This method, too, helps create that all-important rapport with each learner — see what Dr. John Fleming from the Gallup says about creating loyalty in his book Human Sigma ). Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user Horia Varlan.


The road is open

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Max Woodtli was more pedagogical in his focus, talking about the most effective approaches to securing good learning outcomes. Woodtli showed how through a vast range of metastudies ranging from primary to tertiary education research, distance education and online web based methods have no more impact than traditional teaching, and in some cases have poorer outcomes.

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MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 2: Designing a MOOC

ID Reflections

MOOCs may possibly herald a more agile and mobile working & learning methods, global collaboration and a changing relationship with knowledge. Coping with content and lots of information is a part of seamless learning because the capacity to do so affects effective learning.” These require adept facilitation, good design and effective content creation and curation. These varied communication and collaboration methods enhance learning in context.

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Tips for Adapting an In-Person Course to an Online Course


Effectively transferring your in-person courses to an online format requires a deliberate strategy, planning, and execution. Your delivery method will determine how to best convert your existing content so it matches the technological needs and the student expectations of the delivery mode. Rather than just “transferring” your content, think of this process as “transforming” it from a static module into a creative and interactive online experience.

A growing divide?

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The didactic method is cost effective in terms of the amount of contact time lecturers or teachers need to invest in the process. Classroom centric learning has established itself as a ''tried and tested'' method of pedagogy, and it doesn''t seem to be waning. Although the didactic method has been severely criticised as less effective than more active and participatory pedagogies, it persists. In his blog on Learning Ecosystems, Daniel S.

Imagined futures 5: Robot teachers

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Good, effective teachers are intuitive, empathetic and responsive to the needs of their students. They get to know their charges well, finding creative ways to help them to learn optimally, engaging them with methods and activities designed to draw out the best performances. Good teachers continually reflect on their practice, think critically and act creatively.

Going to the wall

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It's called the eXSpace and will be a showcase for a range of new and emerging technologies, a place to study new pedagogies and a sandpit to try out new ideas and methods. In effect, the boards have been used as substitutes for the old dry wipe boards and projection screens. Finally, teachers should consider brainstorming as a method of engaging students.

Video for assessment

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As I have previously argued, I believe summative assessment methods are only useful to mark an end to a specific period of learning, a gateway into the next stage of the learning journey (and I''m not convinced we should even be doing this in many cases). In my teaching I have therefore focused on assessment as a means of scaffolding student progress , and I employ a variety of methods to achieve this end. One recent assessment method I have used is to get students to make videos.

#3quotes from Bruner

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In this post I will featuring direct quotations from legendary American psychologist Jerome S Bruner , whose work focused on the psychology of learning, pedagogical methods such as instructional scaffolding and the spiral curriculum , as well as social constructivist learning methods. 3quotes from Bruner by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

How to make Rapid eLearning work for your organization


We have some interesting facts that reinforce the notion of eLearning solutions as effective knowledge management tools. . The top reason is that the rapid eLearning development process bypasses the many nuances and scientific methods performed by instructional designers. Often, employees come across new discoveries, innovative methods and successful procedures but fail to share them effectively with peers. Cover areas such as plagiarism and Creative Commons.

Video: The power and the story

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Notwithstanding the student attention issues, I explained that video can be at its most effective when it is used in short bursts as a stimulus to enrich and extend learning, to promote discussion, encourage collaboration and to challenge students' thinking - but definitely not as a replacement for the teacher. Video seems to be deeply embedded into the toolkit of educators, because it can be a powerful medium, but whether it is used effectively is open to debate.

Is there time for learning in the workplace?

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We will explore micro-learning, personal and personalised learning as current methods and will discuss some key case studies about how large organisations successfully support and promote L&D. We will also examine the role new technology can play in promoting effective L&D and critically evaluate practices that are rooted in traditional learning/training environments.