A Reflection on Instructional Design in Online Learning

Debbie Morrison (2017), author of Online Learning Insights, defines instructional design as “creating an environment for learning by structuring content and creating activities that engage students and facilitate meaningful learning.” Some of these models include ADDIE, SAM, Action Mapping, Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction, Gagné’s Nine Events of Instruction, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Dick and Carey, Kemp’s Instructional Design Model, and finally, Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation (Instructional Design Central, 2017). Although most of the models are both comparable and diverse in structure, they all lend themselves to the development of online learning environments. Depending on the instructional designer and his or her ideals, some models may be favored over others. Continue reading “A Reflection on Instructional Design in Online Learning”

PBeL for 3-5 on Schoology!

Welcome to a series of updates of my process and progress on designing instruction in online learning using Schoology, a Learning Management System (LMS) for K-12, higher education, and corporate contexts. I will be designing an online course for 3-5 blended learning classrooms that want to implement a project based elearning approach to enhance and enrich their learning experiences with technology.  Continue reading “PBeL for 3-5 on Schoology!”

Action Research: Analyzing the Roles of Online Technologies in PBL

According to Craig A. Mertler (2016), author of Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators,  action research is a systematic inquiry that can be used to measure instructional methods and innovative approaches in instructional design, in this case, my innovation plan: Project Based eLearning (PBeL). Action research allows teachers, administrators, counselors, and other professionals to better understand and improve the quality or effectiveness of those instructional methods and innovative approaches. Continue reading “Action Research: Analyzing the Roles of Online Technologies in PBL”

Installing 4DX with My Team

“…the challenge with execution is not simply executing on a goal, it’s executing on a goal in the midst of a hundred-mile-an-hour whirlwind.” -Chris McChesney, Global Practice Leader of Execution for FranklinCovey and author of The 4 Disciplines of Execution

What is this “whirlwind” you ask? It is the “massive amount of energy that’s necessary just to keep your operation going on a day-to-day basis…” (McChesney, Covey, & Hurling, 2012, p. 6). It is also “the thing that makes it so hard to execute anything new.” So how do we overcome it? Continue reading “Installing 4DX with My Team”