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  • Instructions: Animate in time with the audio using the numbered sequence.Audio: (1)Instructional Design is the practice of maximizing the effectiveness, efficiency and appeal of learning experiences. (2) The process consists broadly of determining the current state and needs of the learner,(3) defining the end goal of instruction,(4) and creating (5) some "intervention" to assist (6)in the (7)transition. (8)It could also be described as a process that bridges the worlds of technology and education. In this module we are going to cover some simple instructional design methods, they are not the only methods but will provide a good introduction to the process and good practice.
  • E learning Goes Social

    1. 1. E-Learning Goes Social
    2. 2. For many people the experience of learning online can be a particularly isolated and isolating one......you need to be very self motivated and disciplined
    3. 3. In this session we will explore an approach we havepiloted as part of the European iEducate project that:Provides supportSocial interactionPeer to peer learningIs motivating and interestingto learnersMakes learners feel part of acommunityPromotes inclusivityEncourages studentretention and commitment
    4. 4. So let’s start by looking at how do we often learn best?
    5. 5. Learning from experts or those with a lot ofexperience......
    6. 6. Researching......
    7. 7. Group discussions to generate ideas or break outsessions.....
    8. 8. Learning from others examples....
    9. 9. Evaluating and analysing.....
    10. 10. Trying out things and practicing what we’ve learned.......
    11. 11. Story telling and reading........
    12. 12. Listening........
    13. 13. Problem solving.......
    14. 14. Any other Ideas?
    15. 15. What would happen if we combined all of these ideas for learning in an electronic format and created a learning community?
    16. 16. ......and got it accredited?
    17. 17. Could we create a really exciting andeffective e-learning community that was no longer isolating and uninspiring?
    18. 18. And so we set about designing our pilot course… Creating Evaluating Analysing Applying Understanding Remembering Blooms Taxonomy (revised)
    19. 19. We created course guides…. 8 week course
    20. 20. ……and set up a ‘learning network’Which would form the hub of all of the learning activity
    21. 21. The Overall Course Structure: 2. e-Learning Modules 1. Webinars 3. Assignments4.Contributingto the learningcommunity onthe learningnetwork
    22. 22. The webinars
    23. 23. The Webinars/ Online Tutorials What was included: Feedback on previous week’s assignments Once a week for A topic for the weekabout 45 minutes Examples Discussions Assignments for the following week Useful Information Exercises Web links
    24. 24. E-Learning Modules Covered key learning content Learner Management System (LMS) Links, Downloadable Resources and Templates Easy, step by step format with interactions Modules were put on the learning network each week
    25. 25. AssignmentsAssignments uploaded ontolearning network often as partof a blog.As part of their assignmentsstudents have to givefeedback on other studentswork.
    26. 26. Contributing to the learning community on thelearning network.....•Blogs•Opportunity to get ideas form one another•Giving feedback on assignments•Asking opinions and for ideas throughforums•Giving each other help and support•Sharing good practice•Sharing news and events•Discussions about specific topics ofinterest•Working on assignments together
    27. 27. What we learned……. “One thing I didnt mention in the feedback and meant to was the level of support youve offered throughout the course. This has made a real difference and I probably wouldnt have completed the course without your encouragement. So thank you very much for that.”- Christina This method of delivering e-learning enables us be more involved with students, to help motivate and provide additional support andguidance when necessary and help keep students focussed and on track!
    28. 28. What we learned…….•Making sure content was real and relevant in theworkplace was useful and motivating•Making assignments flexible so students could do theminimum work or more work if particular topic wasvery relevant to their organisation.•Providing real life examples from both tutors andstudents proved very useful!
    29. 29. What we learned…….Allow plenty of time on a regular basisto:•Update and reply to blogs and emails•Write interesting articles•Comment on forums•Feedback on assignments•Plan and prepare webinars•Reply to emails•Put e-learning modules on the learningnetwork and recordings of webinarseach week
    30. 30. What we learned…….•To keep the time commitment required by students tobetween 3-6 hours per week.•We found the learning network tends to promote verypositive responses from all involved but be aware thismay not always be the case and have things in place toensure any issues can be resolved effectively.•To build in some ‘buffer’ time for students to be ableto complete their work.•An ideal sized group would be about 10-12 students• We could deliver training all over the world with thisapproach but put in place support measures if thereare students whose first language isn’t English
    31. 31. What we learned…….Social Learning through a learning network works! We will be using this approach in the future!
    32. 32. Nitin Thakrarnitin@e-learningstudios.comTel. ++44 24765 255 50www.e-learningstudios.com

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