Monthly Archives: September 2013

EeeBee and the Brain

As I continue on this journey to becoming and Instructional design professional, I have realized that the content of the coursework we are being provided is laying an essential foundation that will be useful when that time comes to begin creating instructional outlets for others. What I have learned this week in my class assignment, is that one of the key tools in this field is knowing and understanding how the human brain functions and understand how learning takes place within it. Did you know that there are people out that learning strictly from seeing or hearing material once and the are able to compartmentalize that knowledge and stored for future learning use. There are also learners such as myself that have to see, hear, repeat and other things to effectively learn.  As I continued on with my assignment, I searched for information about the brain and how individuals learn. I found an article I felt turned on a light bulb for me because, as individuals we were each created differently, we do things differently, so it is definite that we all learn differently. I read this article from the Walden Library titled “The Effects of Brain-Based Learning on the Academic Achievement of Students with Different Learning Styles”, this article discussed a study that was done on students at Mugla University in the Department of social sciences teacher education. They performed and pre-test and a post-test on the students to see the effectiveness of brain-based learning on students that each a different learning styles. The purpose was to reveal their levels of academic achievement based of the learning styles. It discussed how learners preferred style of learning can be categorized by these four characteristics: converger, diverger, assimilator, and accommodator. This article gives insight for both the learner and the teacher, and in this case instructional designers. Readers are able to follow this to see where they fall as a learning, and teachers are able to see what style best fit and meet the needs of each of these type of learners.

Another article I came across talked about Information Processing. “The Role of Unconscious Information Processing in the Acquisition and Learning of Instructional Messages”, describes how adequate learning can take place from unknown information processing and it give educators an understanding that all instructional messaging may not work to fulfill effective learning even with conscious processing is taking place.  Educators will learn how the unconscious processing plays a role in these functions : encoding, storing, retrieval process and learning activities.It offers method educators can incorporate when providing instruction to learners.

Duman, B. (2010). The Effects of Brain-Based Learning on the Academic Achievement of Students with Different Learning Styles. Educational Sciences: Theory And Practice10(4), 2077-2103. Retrieved from Walden University Library September 15, 2013.

Kuldas, S., Bakar, Z., & Ismail, H. (2012). The Role of Unconscious Information Processing in the Acquisition and Learning of Instructional Messages. Electronic Journal Of Research In Educational Psychology10(2), 907-940. Retrieved from Walden University Library, September 15, 2013.


Instructional Design Resources

I wanted to take a moment to reblog this post from a classmate of mines that offered links to three blogs I found to be very resourceful. I express often that the field of instructional design is fairly new to me and everyday I am taking the time necessary to gain as much knowledge about what my future will involve. I highly recommend all four of these blogs, I have made it apart of mission to find resources for others like myself that new to this world. Often time we get intimidated by the amount of experience and knowledge professional in this field have, but I say embrace that we have guidance and use their experiences and resource for yourself along the way.

Where My Mind Wanders

The world is a very different place today than it was when I went to college to become a teacher.  In college, I was taught learning theories and teaching strategies and then was sent off into the world to teach.  Aside from some magazines that were dedicated to teaching, there was nothing else to guide me other than the veteran teachers and the teacher’s editions of the textbooks that were used at the schools that I taught in.  However, the world has changed tremendously since then.  I now work in a school that doesn’t use textbooks, so I don’t have a teacher’s edition to guide me.  But most importantly, education is going through huge changes right now due to many factors, one of which being the technology that is now available.  And the technology, in and of itself, is what has become my “professor”.  Over the course of the past…

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Careers in E-Learning Management

Managing eLearning

Opportunities Abound

Who becomes an e-learning manager?

Many managers may be moved into the e-learning realm due to being highly qualified within their current managing positions.  It may be considered an easy transition, or even a promotion, for a company to move someone into that role from a prior managerial position.  Other practitioners become e-learning managers out of necessity, having no previous managerial experience.  The “Well, you’re it!” moment, so to speak.

How do people prepare or study to become an e-learning manager?

Employees moved into an e-learning position may not necessarily feel prepared for the responsibilities of managing an e-learning team.  This is particularly true if the individual has no prior managing experience.

This is certainly not a reflection on their capability to perform duties and be successful.  An effective leader can organically grow into a changing role, adjusting to new responsibilities in any situation.  However, educational best practice…

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Instructional Design –and— Quality Assurance

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In order to operationalize (put a handle on) and measure quality assurance, we must first define “quality”.

The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines quality three ways:

1) how good or bad something is

2) a characteristic or feature that someone or something has : something that can be noticed as a part of a person or thing

3)  a high level of value or excellence

Quality Assurance

Merriam Webster’s — quick version definition — the activity of checking goods or services to make sure that they are good —- and the long version — a program for the systematic monitoring and evaluation of the various aspects of a project, service, or facility to ensure that standards of quality are being met.

Quality Assurance–in other words–is a systematic plan of evaluation to ensure that what an organization claims it will do has been done. Quality Assurance is about accountability…

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Rapid eLearning helps the L&D survive

The Learning and Design Realm


Learning could be either synchronous or asynchronous. There can be times when classroom-training is simply not possible for say, the numbers involved in target audience and thereby, feasibility of it. There can also be times when you need to get some training out there really very quickly and you just don’t have the time to go through the lifecycle of a great elearning module. What do you then? Worry not because there is a solution for this too and the answer is Rapid eLearning.

There are quite some situations wherein rapid elearning is the best possible solution. Here are a few:

Budgetary constraints

Often it so happens that the L&D department doesn’t have enough moolah to spare to train a group of people yet there is an impending need to provide this training.  Managers tend to go with silly slideshows which are totally not the solution for the audience’s learning…

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Tips, Tricks, & Trends in Instructional Design (Part 1)

VOICES of Global Online Academy

DSC_0040-001By Eric Hudson, GOA Instructional Designer

In my role as Global Online Academy’s Instructional Designer, I recently finished an intensive review of the 20 classes GOA is offering this fall to nearly 300 students. I spent a few hours with each course, immersed in the world the teacher had created, and then I met with that teacher for an engaging, fruitful discussion about pedagogy, instructional design, and the challenge of adjusting one’s teaching to an online learning environment. This post and the next will share the tips, tricks and trends I learned from the courses and our teachers. First, I’ll address the importance of leveraging the online learning environment to create innovative lessons and manageable workloads for teachers, and in my next post I will focus on how to design a course with the student experience in mind.

PART I: When Teaching Online, Free Your Mind

The primary challenge…

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Four Excellent Resources for Course Designers

Online Learning Insights

This post features a collection of carefully selected resources specific to course design for online and blended courses.

designI’m in the process of building a bank of resources accessible from this blog geared to educators seeking skill development in facilitating and designing online courses. Previous posts featured resources specific to teaching online courses, and in this post I share four instructional design resources. Resources include a brief description that highlights the value of each and an icon indicating its type.  For the list of previously featured resources and/or for the icon legend please refer to the resources tab of this site.

Toolbox1) An excellent site created by Contact North to serve faculty and instructors of post-secondary institutions in Ontario, Canada is The Ontario Online Learning Portal. It is an open resource that provides numerous tools and information on the latest research and trends in online education. Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 8.21.52 PMThe site also…

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Resources That Stick!

It is difficult to talk about topics that you are not really knowledgeable about or when they are new. So it is great that we have this ever growing world of technology and social networking that gives us a vehicle to maneuver through new topics and gain information. So I am just starting off in my second course of my graduate program and I must say reading the outline and some of the assignments got me a little intimidated because this is all so new, I sort of felt out of place. I also thought, maybe I am out of bounds here, I have never been a teacher of any sort, I’ve mentored but there were no specific things that I had to discuss. I also have never worked in the field of instructional design, but I work with technology everyday, and I have been expanding my knowledge. So now that I am beginning to understand what this course is about, I realize that I will have to take the horns of this bull just like I have done with everything challenging in my life and ride that baby!!

So… I blogging has never been a big interest of mine, but today I explored beyond the usual social media blog sites, in to the world I plan to be apart of my future. There are so many people in this world that you learn so much from, and something such as blogging gives you access to others thoughts, perspectives and ideas. During my exploring today I came across a few blogs that I found insightful. I tool the liberty of re-blogging two of them. “ Why We Should Re-engineer Teaching” this was a blog post that offered some thought provoking questions about teaching and utilizing resources such as technology in the classroom. I think think will be a great blog to continue to follow for information and tips on technology in the classroom. Anju Patel’s Learning Blog is a blog that provides tips and information on learning new technologies, this blog will be helpful for me because it gives tutorials on a variety of technologies that I am not familiar with but will be useful to me as I go further in my career as an Instructional designer. The creator of this blog also provides live on-line trainings as well. The last site I viewed and will continue to follow is the “eLearning Industry” this site has knowledgeable insight for elearning professional and people that are new to the industry. The site offers instructional designers and other professionals project and job information. This site will be informative to me because I am new to this industry and I will be able to explore different avenues of Instructional Design.


Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.
– Steve Jobs