by Nic Laycock
Macs and iPhones in poverty-stricken, remote and deprived communities in Africa? You must be joking! But that is exactly what iSchool Africa is achieving—putting high-end hardware and all the associated apps into schools. Read this story and you will feel good the rest of the day.
Educators have a number of concerns about what it takes to make a MOOC successful. This, the second of two articles, addresses assessment and credentialing, copyright, and some key MOOC principles that will be useful to practitioners in any organizational context.
MOOCs have attracted considerable attention in the last two years. There is much confusion about the MOOC formats (there are two at present), the technology, and what it takes to make a MOOC successful. This, the first of two articles, addresses these issues in a way that will inform readers in higher education as well as those in other organizational contexts.
Creating effective online instruction requires consideration of many factors if it is to lead learners to achieve the desired skills and knowledge. It must match the characteristics of the learners and the content and it must fit the circumstances of the learner. How is it possible to meet all these requirements? There are best practices, and this article gives a succinct summary as well as a plac
Things don’t always work out the way the instructional designer expects. There may be organizational dysfunction that the needs assessment did not discover. Unanticipated constraints appear. Here’s the story of what happened on one project, and how the designer built a blended, technology-enabled solution that brought results far beyond what the sponsors expected.
No matter what kind of eLearning you are developing, one of your goals is to engage and hold onto the learners. Before you can do that, you have to capture them—get their minds engaged. According to Carmen Taran, you have about 30 seconds to do this, and here is a review of the book in which she shows you the techniques that will do just that.