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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...

Environment influences learning performance

Environment influences learning performance

In business contexts, it is generally accepted that the environment can influence the performance of employees and leaders. But the influence of the online environment is often overlooked when it...

Find the desire paths your learners use

Find the desire paths your learners use

Even if you haven’t heard of desire paths, you’ve seen them. They are the shortcuts across the grass people take instead of the paved paths provided and represent the shortest route between an...

How to avoid the filing cabinet problem

How to avoid the filing cabinet problem

If you've ever had to put content into a VLE orLMS, you've probably faced the 'filing cabinet' problem. This problem can be explained as confusing content for learning. All too often, educational...

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