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“Design with Content in Mind” A Summary from ED TECH 512 Module 4 Readings

In the chapter on designing for content in Conquering the Content, Smith (2008) discusses the concept of “chunking” material into segments of content, followed by active learning opportunities to reinforce learning. Using several illustrations–the first, a group of randomly scattered … Continue reading

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“Design for Motivation” A Summary from ED TECH 512 Module 4 Readings

In this chapter from her book, Dirksen (2012) discusses the importance of motivating learners and design strategies that can be used for motivating behavior change. The models she describes point to the ideas that change is likely if people perceive … Continue reading

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“Organizing Instructional Content for Web-Based Courses” A Summary from ED TECH 512 Module 3 Readings

Moore, Downing, and York (2009) conduct a study aimed at determining whether instructors design their online courses consistently with student expectations. Without a standard for the design of web-based courses, learners go through a process of figuring out the layout … Continue reading

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“What Works: Student Perceptions of Effective Elements in Online Learning” A Summary from ED TECH 512 Module 3 Readings

In their book chapter “What Works: Student Perceptions of Effective Elements in Online Learning,” Reisetter and Boris (2009) discuss a study in which they attempted to assess which elements of online learning design were most important to students taking online … Continue reading

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“What is Backward Design” A Summary from ED TECH 512 Module 2 Readings

Wiggins and McTighe recommend that instead of designing courses by selecting materials or activities, we start with the end goal. The process begins with deciding what we want students to know or be able to do. This step involves determining … Continue reading

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“The Development of Online Courses” A Summary from ED TECH 512 Module 1 Readings

In their chapter in Theory and Practice of Online Learning, Caplan and Graham (2008) discuss essential components for developing successful online courses. First, a set of administrative documents can help students get started. This includes the syllabus, technology requirements, help … Continue reading

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“Key Instructional Design Elements for Distance Education” A Summary from ED TECH 512 Module 1 Readings

In their article, “Key Instructional Design Elements for Distance Education,” Zheng and Smaldino (2009) discuss elements that are common to various instructional design models because of their importance in creating successful distance courses. The elements–consideration of learner characteristics, organization of … Continue reading

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