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?
We live in a time of rapid changes in education, where online learning is growing by the day and providing unprecedented access for students as well as unprecedented challenges for educators. In this article you will learn how to overcome the biggest eLearning challenges and daunting questions you might be asking yourself so you can meet students' needs with ease and style.
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:
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.
This is how the final product looks like. You can click on the images to see their respective videos.
|Exercise Type: Interactive Video||Exercise Type: Fill in the gaps|
|Exercise Type: Match the pictures||Exercise Type: Listening|
|Exercise Type: Writting assignment||Student's Gradebook|
|Point System & Leaderboards||Exercise Type: Multiple Choice|
|Progress Checkboard||Exercise Type: Find the words from the grid|
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?
IEUME is a 2-year Erasmus+ KA2 Project that wishes to support, via innovative educational tools, the integration process of people with a migrant background. Such tools will help them gain access to information and a better understanding of some of the most important – and pertinent to them – EU-related issues, including the rights and obligations they have in their host EU states.
Now that everyone is talking about converting conventional forms of work into eLearning, now that traditional classrooms are seeking to become eLearning classrooms, people have finally realized that work from home is actually a viable form of work! People who work remotely, work as hard as you, pay the same taxes as you, and in most cases are more productive than you. This is because freelancers or professionals who have chosen this path are extremely experienced in this practice as they apply it for years and by recognizing its value, they have been reaping the fruits of their effort for a long time now. But how can somebody who is not experienced enough adapt and survive this situation?
Follow these easy and useful tips that will help you learn how to become a succesful eLearning educator.
Articulate Storyline's core authoring features (states, layers, and triggers) are the building blocks that make it easy for virtually anyone to create interactive e-learning.
But when you want to create more dynamic and personalized learning experiences, you have to know how to use variables correctly. This week, our challenge was to share an example that demonstrates how true/false variables can be used in e-learning.
It was meant to be part of a project that I have been working on about museums of Cyprus but at the very end I abandoned the 100% mobile approach I am using here, to a universal 1920 x 1080 one. So without further ado, here is my example that demonstrates how true/false variables can be used
Lately I came across a website called Courseduck. It is certainly something that I haven’t seen before and immediately draw my attention, so I started digging into it.
CourseDuck is a website meant to help users search and compare courses offered by various institutions and organizations like Udemy, edX, Coursera, etc. Simply put, Courseduck is a search engine for online courses.
Having worked as an Instructional Design and as an eLearning developer in the eLearning industry since 2014 I think it's time to highlight some of the most notable myths of eLearning in Greece. At this point I would like to mention that having worked for various organizations (Amazon, University of Nicosia, CARDET, etc.) and having developed a serious number of eLearning programs in my career, I believe that I am allowed to have a solid view of the conditions that dominate the field in Greece.
Observing and analyzing the way eLearning programs are currently offered in Greece, including Cyprus, I can see the fallacy surrounding the industry.