Kevin Wilcoxon, MS MA, is currently an instructional designer at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he works with faculty members to design their online courses. Prior to working in distance education, Kevin was a Training & Organizational Development manager for ten years, working in Los Angeles and St. Louis, Missouri. His primary interest is in research demonstrating the design and instructional practices that really make the difference in student learning.
How can an instructional designer (ID) leverage social interaction online to engage learners, increase exchange and dialogue, and get better results, without losing the purposeful focus provided by an instructor or traditional course content and structure? Here is an approach that you can adapt to your requirements.
Effective e-Learning design practices must do more than just package content for delivery. They must result in products that get, and keep, the learner's attention, while also facilitating strengthened processing and memory – learning. Doing this well requires some knowledge of the way the brain works, and this article helps you connect knowledge about brain function to what you already know.