Looking For Creative Ways to Assess Online Learning?

This post is provide by guest blogger, Penny Jones, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

What type of assessments are you using for online learning? This article by Marie Norman (2016) talks about creative methods to assess online learning.  It addresses how to capitalize on using the digital resources of online learning.  She explains the

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Online Teaching Strategies – Best Practices

This post is provided by guest blogger, Kylie Mussay, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development.

Best practices in online learning are key to setting clear guidance for online learners. Hanover Research Council wrote an article on their definition of best practices in online instructional design. The Hanover Research Council outlines Pelz’s (2004) report that

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A new day, a better way: Best practices in instructional design and ELearning

This post is provided by guest blogger, Sheana Graham, a graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

Instructional design in an eLearning setting is an important step in the process of developing online courses and programs. In this article, the author discusses the benefits of instructional design. She also addresses those who believe that instructional design

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Don’t be a Scarecrow – Be a S-Y-S-T-E-M-A-T-I-C Instructional Designer

This post is provided by guest blogger, George Skerritt, graduate student of the University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program.

To illustrate the importance of systematic instructional design, Joann Major (2017) quotes the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz: “If you don’t know where you’re going, it doesn’t matter what road you take.”  Though the quote happened before Scarecrow had

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Proactive Teaching Strategies for Today’s Trainers

This post is provided by guest blogger, Victoria Kral, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program.

Trainers are faced with the task of keeping instructional design engaging and relevant in today’s marketplace. With any good idea must come a strategic plan, learning objectives, goals and measurable outcomes. Instructional designers must first get to the root of the

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Learner-centric instructional design with Design Thinking

This post is provided by guest blogger, Katie Sachs, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, MS in Training and Development program.

Design Thinking is a creative method for problem-solving and creating solutions with empathy. This method is attributed to Stanford University’s d. School, and includes five looping or iterating stages: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. In a recent

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Why Graphic Design Skills Are Essential For eLearning Designers

This post is provided by guest blogger, Andraya Goodwin, a graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

eLearning designers are positioned in a crossroad of instructional design and technology. It is imperative that they understand how to communicate efficiently and effectively while utilizing an online platform. By utilizing graphic design skills, eLearning designers

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YouTube for Training? Good Idea or Not So Much?

This post is provided by guest blogger, Tonya Stafford, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MS in Training and Development program.

Training is how we help workers successfully perform their jobs.  Formats of training are changing from classroom-based to technology-based, with many emergent technologies innovating the way that information is passed.  In a recent article, Mike Peterson and

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