If you're not familiar with David Merrill's First Principles of Instruction, I suggest that you check out this classic post from Dr. Joel Gardner. In this post you will find links to two great research articles on applying the First Principles of Instruction.
Joel has been involved with teaching and learning for over a decade, and is currently Program Chair of the Instructional Design and Performance Technology Program at Franklin University. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Gardner at the Faculty Assistance Center for Teaching (FACT) for a few years, and he co-authored the original article on the OAR model with Tae Jeon and myself.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Based on a few conversations with Subject Matter Experts, here is my update visual model for the eight mathematical practices from the Common Core State Standards:
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
This is 8MP. It's my first version of a visual model to represent the 8 Mathematical Practices for Common Core State Standards.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Providing verbal feedback to students is a great way to overcome the time/space gap inherent in online learning. Feedback that is frequent and personalized (to a degree tailored to the class size), has consistently proven to be an important component of many of the most successful online courses that I have reviewed.
Our institution uses the Canvas Learning Management System, and I encourage instructors to use the built-in audio recording tool for feedback. If your LMS does not have a built-in component, the open-source software program Audacity is very easy to use--and free :)
I think that hearing the instructor's voice creates an opportunity for a student to feel a deeper connection. It is also an efficient way to share feelings--curiosity, concern, empathy, etc.--that are difficult to represent in text. If you haven't used audio feedback in your online course designs, pilot it on a small scale, and see if you like the results.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Thanks to Dyeseka at Open Colleges for sending me Customized Instruction: Four Charateristics of Effective Instructional Explanations by Saga Briggs. Good stuff!
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thanks to Debbie Morrison at the online learning insights blog for featuring the PDF Syllabus Builder in today's post: Need-to-Know News: The Making of a MOOC, College Scorecard and Syllabus Builder Tool.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Julie Schell at the Turn to Your Neighbor (TTYN) blog has shared a great Annotated List of Flipped Class Tools and Resources featuring rising stars like Educreations, NB, PeerWise and the PDF Syllabus Builder :) Thanks Julie!