Picture this… You’ve been offering a course that’s very popular amongst your learners; your classroom is a testimonial to how effectively you engage with them. You’ve now decided to offer the course online through a MOOC. What are your considerations going to be? How would you plan your instruction? Will the outline of your MOOC… Continue reading On creating your MOOC Curriculum
Access to the internet means access to anytime, anywhere learning. Today, anyone with an internet connection can choose from a platter of courses from the world's best universities with platforms like edX, Coursera, Udacity, and Khan Academy. How does this impact us as MOOC creators? Primarily, it means we shouldn’t limit the scope of our… Continue reading Platform – the building blocks of your MOOC
Open access is an essential aspect of MOOCs and in keeping with the openness, it is important to ensure inclusion and avoid bias or prejudice in our instructional narratives. This reduces the possibility of causing offence and avoids excluding a section of the learners. How do you maintain diversity and gender neutrality, unless you are… Continue reading On Diversity and Inclusion in your MOOC Narrative
Think of a house without a blueprint. How does it look? The blueprint lays out a map of your house and the design on which you can build your dream home. A storyboard does that to your course. It lays a foundation, maps out the flow of your content, presents ideas for visual design and reduces… Continue reading Storyboarding – the blueprint your course needs
“In this course we will analyze the performance of financial statements and determine the financial health of a company in light of its industry and peer group.” “At the end of this course, the learner will be able to identify the appropriate type of graphic to depict the different types of content.” “This course is… Continue reading Hello! You May Want to Address This
Classrooms may have evolved but instructors’ biggest question remains the same – how can lectures be delivered to help students grasp concepts better? Earlier, face-to-face lectures were interspersed with hands-on activities. Today, with the emergence of online courses, teachers can design the learning process in different ways. For instance, they can ask students to watch… Continue reading Blended learning – a combination of the best instructional methods
So many of us begin our sentences with “basically.” “Basically, I wanted to wear my new shoes.” “Basically, I can’t come out this evening.” We unintentionally refer to everything as a concept; never mind if it’s a principle or even a process! Then there are some of us who find everything awesome - whether it's… Continue reading EXCUSE ME! Did you really mean ‘basically’?
Have you ever come across an online course and thought, “wow”? What contributes to that wow factor? The answer is great instructional design (or ID), which helps the audience learn and apply the skills taught in the course. So, what is ID? I have been an instructional designer for almost 10 years now and one… Continue reading Why Instructional Design?
Be it a brick and mortar classroom or a virtual classroom, the biggest challenge for an instructor is to keep the learner 'engaged.' In a physical classroom, this challenge may ease marginally as engagement as a behaviour is directly observable through grades, class participation and attendance. However, you will agree that the scenario is quite… Continue reading Understanding Learner Engagement in MOOCs
World Bank recently published its World Development Report 2018 on 'Learning to Realize Education's Promise' - with a great assessment of the current education landscape, the problems that plague it and the interventions that must be acted upon immediately to make learning work for the world. While the entire report is available for consumption on… Continue reading Learning to Realize Education’s Promise: An EdTech Commentary