tips and tricks for awesome learning design

Designing for autistic learners

Designing for autistic learners

 Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will prove best at any given moment? Cybernetics and computer...

Tackling procrastination with learning design

Tackling procrastination with learning design

  Piers Steel is an expert in procrastination at the University of Calgary. In an interview on the BBC's One to One programme, Steel comments that by tracing our social media activity,...

Design learning for accountability

Design learning for accountability

Learning anything is an effort. As learning designers, we have to convince learners that it's worth them making the effort to learn. One way of doing this is to design activities that require...

Cognitive constructivism

Cognitive constructivism

In a previous post, we proposed that learning theories are key tools in every learning designer's toolbox.  There are many different theories that attempt to explain how learning happens, and no...

Learning theories are design tools

Learning theories are design tools

Learning theories are tools. A surgeon has tools, a builder has tools. And theories are some of the most powerful tools a learning designer can use to build learning experiences. Different learning...

How to do speed networking on Zoom

How to do speed networking on Zoom

Why is speed networking on Zoom useful? One of the biggest things we've lost through the move to online working is the ability to socialise. This is not good for two reasons: a great deal of...

Explain your course design to your learners

Explain your course design to your learners

Why should you take the time to explain your course design? Well, helping your learners understand why they are learning in a certain way can be a powerful tool for overcoming resistance to...

Video lectures: how long should they be?

Video lectures: how long should they be?

How long should video lectures be? Shorter than six minutes, according to the largest ever study of engagement with online videos. So why is it that tutors continue to produce long  video lectures?...

Why HEIs should be focusing on employee experience

Why HEIs should be focusing on employee experience

The loss of the familiar My colleague Phil recently wrote about how many tutors in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are dealing with a form of bereavement. The shift to online teaching during...

Great online learning isn’t about technology

Great online learning isn’t about technology

A lot of people think that awesome online learning is all about using the latest whizzy technology. It isn’t. If someone talks at you for 30 minutes, you switch off - whether you’re online or...

Create the conditions for invention

Create the conditions for invention

"The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge." Seymour Papert High quality learning is active - in other words, it involves the learner...

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