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The Perfect Distance Learning Module

  1. 1. The Perfect Module
  2. 2. Introduction Jim Marteney
  3. 3. Introduction Jim Marteney Professor Emeritus Communication Studies Distance Learning Trainer
  4. 4. If you start with content, you end with content If you start with performance, you end with performance
  5. 5. Module Questions
  6. 6. Module Questions • How would you describe a module to a new Etudes user? • What is the difference between a module and the textbook? • Why do we even need modules in the first place, what do you want to accomplish with a module?
  7. 7. Module Structure “I just throw ideas at the wall and see if anything sticks.” No A quality module needs structure
  8. 8. Module Structure Beginning Tell them what you are going to tell them. Middle Tell them. End Tell them what you told them.
  9. 9. Beginning Begins to get you interested Previews what you are going to be talking about.
  10. 10. Beginning Section duplicates course map, but sells it You can add a video
  11. 11. Beginning Section on why topic is important Really Grabs you Sells your module Previews key concepts
  12. 12. Beginning And again, you can use videos
  13. 13. Beginning Always think, W. I. I. F. M “What’s in it for me?”
  14. 14. Beginning We have course objectives Or should we say Student Learning Outcomes? Should we add our module objectives? Do we even have module objectives?
  15. 15. Beginning Standard 2 The module/unit learning objectives describe outcomes that are measurable and consistent with the course-level objectives All learning objectives are stated clearly and written from the student’s perspective Instructions to students on how to meet the learning objectives are adequate and stated clearly.
  16. 16. Middle Planning Breaking down lectures into small units, etc. Remember Students would rather click than scroll
  17. 17. Middle Using Your Organizational Skills
  18. 18. Middle Make sections “pretty” Use Tables
  19. 19. Middle Instead of This
  20. 20. Middle Instead of This
  21. 21. Middle This
  22. 22. Middle Creating a Table
  23. 23. Middle Creating a Table
  24. 24. Middle Creating a Table
  25. 25. Middle Use Images
  26. 26. Middle Use Dynamic & Interesting Graphics
  27. 27. Middle Insert Videos Into Sections
  28. 28. Middle Insert Videos Into Sections
  29. 29. Middle Insert Videos Into Sections
  30. 30. Middle Insert Videos Into Sections Insert Videos Into Sections
  31. 31. Middle Insert Videos Into Sections
  32. 32. Middle Tools
  33. 33. Middle Tools
  34. 34. Middle Firefox new security “challenge” Embed Workarounds Add an “s” to http Use picture of video as hyperlink
  35. 35. Middle
  36. 36. Middle A variety of video resources
  37. 37. Middle A Powerpoint resource Adding an “s” to http works here.
  38. 38. End What did you learn? Summary of the module Where students can go for more information links for personal exploration
  39. 39. End
  40. 40. Designing the Module What is the overall purpose? What are the module goals or objectives? Did the module fulfill the objectives? Why should student care about the goals? How readable are the modules, language choice, colors etc? Were the pages attractive? Any unneeded sections?
  41. 41. Designing the Module I had to look at mine and ask a key questions on each section Is a section effectively instructional? Is a section just taking up space with some sort of content? Is a section there for merely entertainment? Is that bad?
  42. 42. Even Fonts Count Fonts have humanlike personalities Clean clear and simple fonts, project certain emotions
  43. 43. Even Fonts Count Serif fonts like Times New Roman feel more traditional Sans serif typefaces like Helvetica Neue, the one Apple uses for iOS 7, feel more modern Comic book fonts create an aura of fun Not sure how important all this is, just food for thought.
  44. 44. Even Fonts Count Size Matters According to a “new study” People have more of an emotional brain response to words in larger fonts than in smaller ones
  45. 45. Even Fonts Count Size Matters I use 16 font Arial for easy reading
  46. 46. Even Fonts Count
  47. 47. Even Fonts Count The appearance of the font gives off a certain mood which can impact the effectiveness of your content. Elegance
  48. 48. Getting Students to Read Re-read your sections as a student would Did they excite you? Did you doze off? Did they make you want to read more?
  49. 49. Getting Students to Read How do you get a student to read your modules? Test Content? Plant a test code? Make them interesting? Plead or beg to have them read?
  50. 50. Getting Students to Read Don’t be too sad if your students do not read all of your great sections.
  51. 51. Getting Students to Read There are many distractions to the online learner, do your sections keep their attention? One key is variety in your sections.
  52. 52. and chose your words You are not writing a grant. Welcome your learners Encourage your learners Friendly tone Find Emotionally Charges Words
  53. 53. and chose your words Tell a story Engages students more than straight exposition
  54. 54. Your Suggestions