Adult Learners – Hidden Realities

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

David Housel (2020) brought to light challenges some adult learners face that can be overlooked by educators. Although measures exist to help children with difficulties while they are in school, the same is not true for adults. Background, interruptions in Continue reading

The Pandemic vs Higher Education

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

Almost one thousand higher education administrators and faculty responded to a survey in mid-May 2020 on Covid-19 impacting their spring semesters across college campuses in the United States. The survey results were described and reported by A. W. June in the most recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Continue reading

Online Teaching: Not Just for Emergency Use

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

In the face of a public health crisis, colleges and universities had a difficult decision to make: cancel classes or find an alternative way to complete the semester?  In an article written in the early stages of the mass conversion to online classes due to COVID-19, Hodges et al. (2020) describe how pandemic learning is not the same as a well-planned Continue reading

Are Employers Thinking Differently?

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

Jane Hart begins with a quick nod to the COVID pandemic in that it was able to change employers view of online learning and training in an extremely short amount of time. The article discusses the need to be creative and innovative when it comes to eLearning Continue reading

Can E-Learning Survive Without A Good Instructional Design Strategy?

This post is provided by guest blogger, Paulette Richardson, graduate student, University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development Program.

All successful institutions share one thing in common, proper planning and implementing the right strategies.  Having the right strategies in place will ensure that learners succeed.  The article written by Ayesha H. Omer (2016) suggests that a strategy has the same characteristics of a game plan.  Continue reading

Strategies to Remember

Provided by guest blogger, Stefanie Gardner, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

A strategic approach to online teaching should be considered essential for a successful e-learning experience for both the instructor and learners.  Understanding different strategic approaches will allow the instructor to effectively create a learning Continue reading

Enhancing E-Learning Through Video-sharing Technology

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This post is provided by guest blogger, Tricia DeFay, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MBA in Health Administration program.

Technology is a necessary component of any e-learning platform. Video-sharing technology has emerged as an educational tool that can be integrated into e-learning courses to meet learning goals, engage students, and encourage discussion. In the article “YouTube a valuable educational tool, not just cat videos,” Antonio and Tuffley (2015) Continue reading

Transfer of Learning Study Recently Reported

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

John P. Egan (2020) reported results of a study conducted at a large Canadian research university about transfer of learning. Participants were global and completed an online Likert scale questionnaire. Egan (2020) noted in his article that when instructional design is used including specific learning activities and reflection, then transfer of learning seems to increase. Continue reading

Social Media Framework for E-Learning

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

There is notable interest in incorporating social media in higher education e-learning courses but there is currently little research detailing how social media can most effectively be integrated as a learning strategy. Recently, authors Mnkandla and Minnaar  (2017) documented their meta-synthesis on social media in e-learning through their peer-reviewed qualitative research approach of various e-learning articles. Continue reading