Posted on May 23, 2019

Techniques for Working with Course Writers

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Collaboration

As an instructional designer, working with external/freelance subject matter experts and course writers can be a complex process with many potential challenges, from setting expectations and discussing requirements, explaining the development workflow and tools, making sure course writers know where to go for help, to navigating the multitude of...

Posted on May 14, 2019

Attributes of Well-Written Assignment Instructions

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Fork in Road with Conflicting Right Way Sign

When you are teaching a face-to-face course, you have some freedom to provide assignment instructions to your students that are somewhat imprecise. This is because you have the opportunity to provide further clarification or to answer any questions in person when your students are right in front of you....

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

The Online Course Development Factory: Instructional Design Lessons from the Manufacturing Industry

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While the pedagogical creativity inherent to creating an engaging online learning experience should not be understated, an equally important aspect of online course design is the production workflow. The creation of any product, whether tangible or intangible, has constraints of time frame, checkpoints, and quality control, all of which...

Posted on Jun 08, 2018

Writing in the Second Person: Addressing Students Directly

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A common concern about online courses is that they can be impersonal, with communication between instructors and students often being faceless and asynchronous. Although there are various collaboration and communication tools available to enable real-time communication, one of the simplest things you can do to make an online course...

Posted on May 23, 2018

21st-Century Content Development: Google Docs and Cloud-Based Content Development Tools

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The rise of email communication in the 1980s and ’90s led to an increase in collaboration on content development projects of all sorts, as it became easy to email word processor files back and forth between collaborators and stakeholders. Emailing files back and forth was certainly cheaper than flying...