Category: Instructional Design Considerations

Best practices in course design and tactical use of technology in teaching and learning.

E-Learning Principles

E-Learning Principles From E-Learning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer Cognitive Learning Theory- An explanation of how people learn based on the idea of dual channels( information is processed in visual and auditory channels), limited capacity ( only an small amount of information can be processed in each channel at one time) and active learning… Read more →

SAMR Model of Tech Tool Use

SAMR Model of Tech Tool Use Instructional designers use technology to make the learning experience better. It is important to let the instructional goals drive the use of technology instead adopting a technology for the sake of adding “technology”  to the classroom. A good way to remember the importance of goal-driven design is to think of the SAMR model. The… Read more →

How to Create Presence in an Online Course

How to Create Presence in an Online Course Canvas Page “About Your Instructor” that includes the following: an audio recording of instructor’s voice introducing herself to her students A picture of the instructor Optional: a short paragraph about the instructor A Frequently Asked Question Forum will be created and pinned at the top of the Discussions board. It will explain… Read more →

Ways of Speaking to Assist the Captioning Process and Ways to Make Your Recorded Lectures Enduring

Ways of Speaking to Assist the Captioning Process and Ways to Make Your Recorded Lectures Enduring Try not to speak in run-on sentences. Inserting the word “and” in between ideas too frequently can confuse students. Try to say the main point of a sentence first and then follow it with a modifying clause. Ex: “There are syllogisms that can produce… Read more →

Group Work in Asynchronous Classes

Group Work in an Asynchronous Class Asynchronous classes can have successful group work activities by explaining the procedures in several places at several times. In the syllabus module of the class, create a page that describes the structure and sequence of the work flow. Inform them of how many groups of how many people there will be. How the groups… Read more →

Zoom Etiquette

Zoom Etiquette: Tips for Zoom Meeting Attendees Mute your microphone Make sure you mute your microphone when you are not speaking. This keeps background noise to a minimum Be aware of noise in the background. Avoid activities that create additional noise. For example, shuffling papers, talking on the phone or listening to music. When your microphone is not muted, everyone… Read more →

Quickstart Guide to Zoom Online Conferencing

Getting Started on Zoom  How to Sign Up for the First Time   Start by going to On the top right corner, click on the blue “Sign Up, It’s Free” button. Enter your school email address and click “Sign Up”. You’ll receive an email from Zoom to Go to your email and click Activate Account. You’ll be redirected to… Read more →