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With textbook prices constantly climbing, the need for affordable alternatives has become a high priority for both educators and learners. But how can you reduce or remove the need for a course textbook while still ensuring the learners have access to the materials they need?
In this blog post, which is the precursor to an upcoming webinar, Brian Yates and Meredith Hibit of Red Rocks Community College share their experience of transitioning their course content by using OERs (Open Educational Resources) to replace textbooks within the Spanish Department.
Active learning is a necessity in the days of online learning. Reading through textbooks or pages of notes does not stimulate learners in a way that's beneficial to their education. Adding activities and videos to your online content helps solve this problem as it aids in breaking up the necessary text to engage them in a different way and test their understanding of the concepts you've presented.
In this blog post, Eric Miller from Blinn College shares his experience with active learning and compares two products he uses in his teaching to benefit his learners.
In the process of developing online courses with instructors, we have constantly found that many instructors have a hard time translating the creative and interactive activities they have built for their face-to-face classes to an online learning context. Lacking a creative way to make the transition, some online instructors substitute these interactive learning activities with additional readings and formative assessments. Instructors’ reluctance
Educators, instructional designers, curriculum specialists: why create an online course that is ‘meh’ when it’s easy to create online lessons that are definitely “NOT MEH!” No matter what discipline you teach or design for, you want your content to be engaging, interactive and professional-looking. It also HAS to be accessible and employ a responsive-design so your content looks great on any device. These are not “nice-to-haves.” These are requirements! And you’re the one responsible for making it happen! So what is the secret to success?
When direct experience with patient assessments plays a key role in medical school education, the question comes to mind: "Is it possible to create an effective, online debriefing of an in-person experiential learning experience?" Lisa Ferris from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences believes the answer is "Yes!" In this blog post, you'll learn how Lisa designed an online module for use as a virtual debriefing for third year medical students.
This is the fifth, and final, in a series of blog posts addressing key steps for creating high-quality online learning content. After discussing in the first post (Step 1: Discovering Good Content), the factors to consider in locating usable learning resources, we looked to the second (Step 2: Reusing and Repurposing Learning Content) at the role that context plays in preparing content for student access. In the third post (Step 3: Making Content Pedagogically Effective), we considered approaches for making content pedagogically effective and in the fourth assessment issues (Step 4: Assessing Learning Outcomes).