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Five Strategies to Improve Student Engagement in Online Learning

With an average attention span of more or less eight minutes, it can be very challenging for students to stay engaged in online learning. Social media, texting, YouTube, and Netflix are all distractions that make it difficult for students to stay focused. Fortunately, there are strategies that you can use…
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Designing Learning for Homo Prospectus

Why do our learning outcomes fail to inspire students? Why do students not immediately connect with the subjects that we know to be valuable? What can we do to change this? When faculty and I have worked with design learning materials, they are often good at writing outcomes based on…
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Beyond Authenticity

Values that drive good online learning experiences At Construct, authenticity is fundamental to our design and development methodology. More importantly, authenticity is the key that opens the door to our employment of values that serve as a means of extending our understanding of clients' and learners' needs into meaningful…
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The Future of Quality Learning Design: Values In = Value Out

The post-COVID era has seen more learners shift online, opting for quality blended learning journeys, and with institutions scrambling to meet these increasing demands, the need for good learning design is more crucial than ever. However, creating successful learning journeys, journeys that meet the competitive expectations of an ever-expanding online…
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Why We Should Humanize the Online Classroom

The impact of the global pandemic was worldwide, causing many people to reach the end of 2020 with a sigh of relief. Teachers, lecturers, and learners were no exception - the impact of suddenly transitioning to a remote teaching model due to government lockdowns and educational institution closures was not…
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The Power of Prospection: Psychology Lessons for Learning Design

By Richard Mee | What is it that draws a student into learning? Why would they invest time and resources, time away from family, mental energy, into the piece of learning that I produce? Why would they choose one course over another? We invest where we expect the greatest value. The…
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Navigating Brick to Click

By Lindsay Thomas | The era of click is here to stay, and everything you try will be about continuous iteration. For the EdTech space, this has brought many exciting and sometimes daunting navigation opportunities. The year(s) of surprise navigation has forced many educators to adopt online learning delivery. If…
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How to Thrive Using Synchronous Learning in Online Courses

By Percy Mkhwanazi | Online education has been growing in popularity and accessibility, especially over the last few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online learning has attracted both students and teachers with its flexible and schedule-friendly format options. These formats can be grouped broadly into two categories: synchronous and…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Design

By Jana Krige: Senior Learning Designer | Starting as a learning designer (LD) in the rapidly changing world of online learning feels like stepping into a tornado, especially when you’re new to the role and trying to figure it all out as you go. Naturally, you’ll develop your strongest skills…
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Moving Your Courses Online: The Importance of Authentic Tasks

By Seth Crandall | As we transition to designing courses online, the most effective courses will focus on having the learner perform authentic tasks. In other words, focus on tasks and let that determine the content. Are you in a position where you are taking your course or campus online for the…