Content chunking involves organizing information in “chunks” so that it’s easier for learners to digest. Instead of memorizing multiple concepts, online learners are able to analyze each concept thoroughly and absorb the content, one bite at a time. Once they’ve assimilated the content, they move onto the next concept.
Online learning fills a vital role in the modern education landscape. The benefits include opportunities for adult learners, people in areas where access to traditional learning is limited or nonexistent, young women who live in areas where gender issues restrict access to education, and many more. While online learning opens the doors to education for numerous people, it does not guarantee that the course is a quality learning experience.
Addressing generational differences in course design is an important, yet challenging task for instructional designers. In theory, design for younger learners is less complex than design for mixed-age adult learners. Much has been written comparing Baby Boomers to Millennials; however, today's secondary schools are not filled with millennials. These students are from Generation Z (also known as post-millennials, iGeneration, Homeland generation).
One thing I've learned about instructional designers is that we all want to create an environment for effective learning. With so many factors to consider in eLearning design, color choices may be overlooked. I have worked in communications and marketing in the past, so the psychology of color isn't new to me; however, I didn't … Continue reading Color Choices in Course Design
Each year, the Samford Office of Online and Professional Studies department hosts a special workshop called Innovate. This year, our Innovate 2019 keynote speaker presented Dee Fink's Creating Significant Learning Experiences (Fink, 2013)
What does it take to become a better instructional designer? A quick internet search results in page after page of articles with a wealth of tips, steps, and resources to help you sharpen your skills. All this knowledge is extremely helpful but it may also produce choice overload.
In training and education, using simple instructional videos are an effective way to provide students with information.
As instructional designers, we are tasked with designing courses that produce quality learning experiences and greater learning outcomes. An important part of our job is to ensure that all learners can access and utilize the course content. This means that individuals who struggle with vision, hearing, motor skills, or cognitive deficits must be incorporated into our design plan.
Designing a website is a great way to add innovative learning into your course. In this video, we'll walk through using WiX as a learning tool in your classroom.
This short animated explainer video features a sci-fi take on instructional design!