Successful eLearning Assessments

This blog post is provided by guest blogger, Carol Sheetz, graduate student in the online Master of Science degree program in Training and Development at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

Effective assessment reveals an online learner’s progress and understanding as well as the transferability of skills and knowledge on their way to content mastery (Simonson, Smaldino, & Zvacek, 2015, p. 230).  A learner gaining knowledge that is retained and used

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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

indicates three main goals in online instructional design: Continue reading

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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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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The Only Constant Is Change: 3 Ways L&D Professionals Can Keep Up With The Shifting Pattern Of Instructional Design

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.

Change is the common theme across any industry, and the disruption of instructional design is no exception. So how can we as L&D Professionals, put on our innovation pants, pull out the old box of multi-colored ideas and hit the drawing board so that we can ride the waves of change rather than crash in them? Continue reading

How can we “do better” with instructional design?

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

With the advancement of technology in recent years, more people have turned to e-learning. Since this has become more popular in recent years, does this mean we need to have a design for these classes as well? The answer is yes!  Continue reading

Effective Instructional Design + Teaching Strategies = Expertise

This blog post is provided by guest blogger, Carol Sheetz, graduate student in the online Master of Science degree program in Training and Development at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

According to eLearning Industry, expertise is the goal of all learning.  Instructional systems must keep that goal in mind when systems are designed.  Efficiently getting students to a place where they can practice their knowledge is the key to effective Continue reading

Does Your Instructional Design Contain These Elements?

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

Instructional design is critical to create an effective eLearning course. What do you look for in designing your course?  This article by Christopher Pappas (2016) gives a brief overview on ten elements that are important in any instructional design for an Continue reading

E- learning, is it Electronic or Experience?

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

Using instructional designs has been a growing trend over the past few years. Instructional designs are great tools that help individuals reach their maximum learning potential. As technology continues to advance how does your instructional design Continue reading