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Theodosis Karageorgakis

Theodosis Karageorgakis

IT Expert - Trainer - Educator - Engineer - CEO at educraft.tech

According to Purdue University (n.d), an Instructional Designer is a person who ensures that students learn efficiently by creating high quality learning materials that take into account their strengths and weaknesses. It is an interesting and promising field, so the question arises: How can one become Instructional Designer?

With almost two thousand Moodle plugins out there, which ones should the course creator choose to enhance his/her courses? This article enlists some of the best Moodle plugins you can install in 2020.

Kirkpatrick Model is used for evaluating the training programs that take place in businesses. Due to the fact that modern schools and organizations operate in similar ways to businesses, such a model can be used to analyse the impact of teacher training programs as well. Kirkpatrick Model takes into account any style of training, both informal or formal, to determine aptitude based on four levels criteria: reaction, learning, behavior and results.

The importance of ePortfolios

As e-portfolios become a more formal part of assessment, many institutions are looking to standardize on one platform campuswide. An e-portfolio is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user and may include text, files, images, multimedia, blog entries, links, etc. It is maintained online over time, demonstrating the user’s abilities and serves as a platform for self-expression. This can be extremely beneficial for people who have to showcase their work, such as graphic designers, programmers, developers, teachers or even academic institutions.
Saturday, 04 July 2020 08:15

What is VR's impact on education?

Have you ever been to Beijing, New York, Athens or Rome at the same day? Have you ever travelled to the outer space or into the deepest oceanic rift? If the answer is no, then you probably haven’t experienced Virtual Reality yet. Despite its wide impact in both entertainment and training fields, education has still been trying to find ways to embrace VR into classes. How VR can benefit students and what is its wider impact on Education? 

Needs Analysis & Case Study

This particular course was designed on behalf of Vassalou Tsakalaki School of Foreign Languages, to fullfil the needs of their EFL teachers & students who needed a solution for distance learning due to the COVID19 restrictions. The school had already been using a LMS for its students so the needs analysis that was conducted concluded to the assumption that there was an urgency to provide distance learning courses that ould be updated by the school's teachers regularly, without the need for outsourcing an eLearning developer. So instead of one-time courses they wanted courses that could be enhanced whenever needed, mirroring a traditional class, and at the same time keeping the cost low. This meant that pricy authoring tools could not be used. 

So the solution to the needs analysis involved two parts:

  1. Creation of the framework and the layout for the course using free or cheap software tools. 
  2. Training of the school's teachers in elearning development in order to educate them on how to develop their own activities using free authoring tools and how these products of development could then be uploaded to the school's LMS (Moodle), which meant that extra training had to be done in course management. Besides, the training process also focused on instructional design principles based on the particular needs of the school's students and their demands.

Development

First the development of the project had to be done. This included using custom plugins as well as coding to create Bootstrap elements that would make the course look and feel better. Then the teachers of the course were assigned and given their custom roles which included the creation of the activities but in a limited way as to not interact with the course's layout in order to prevent potentially fatal mistakes.Next, the gradebook was set up as well as the gamification elements in order to improve student enagement and commitment. After that, 4 series of webinars were conducted in order to train the teachers on how to use the course and how to create their own assignments. Finally the course was optimised to work seamlessly not only on PCs but also on mobile devices.

Showcase 

This is how the final product looks like. You can click on the images to see their respective videos. 

 Course Layout   Course general layout  
Exercise Type: Interactive Video  Interactive Exercise video Exercise Type: Fill in the gaps video4
Exercise Type: Match the pictures  video3 Exercise Type: Listening  video5
Exercise Type: Writting assignment video6  Student's Gradebook  
Point System & Leaderboards  video9 Exercise Type: Multiple Choice  4
Progress Checkboard  7 Exercise Type: Find the words from the grid 2

 

 

So, you have managed to survive the transition from traditional to online teaching. What happens from now on? Are you planning to continue teaching online because of the possibility of a new lockdown? If the answer to the previous question is positive, then have you thought how to offer better eLearning courses to your students in the future?

Difficulties in distance teaching can be sorted into 3 major categories: 1) Technical, 2) Pedagogical - didactic, 3) Management. What are the main difficulties in each category? How can one overcome them?

Saturday, 25 April 2020 08:16

Learning Theories: A quick overview

The following free course aims to help students and professionals who seek to understand the basic framework and differences of some of the main learning theories including Behaviourism, Constructivism, Social Learning, Pedagogy, Andragogy, Multiple Intelligences theory

Is it possible for ? educational ? games to be fun? Play the ? Space Adventure about Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and find out for yourself!