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Lesson: Articles on Visual Design - 0 views

  • White space is used around text and between sections to allow the page to breath
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      This is so noticeable when not done well, but such a simple guideline. I am reminded of website 1.0's when many of these guidelines were not followed.
  • If you want to learn to use whitespace effectively, go through a magazine and look at how adverts are laid out.
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      This seems very obvious in advertisements. Something striking, quick, memorable. I don't think this is the case In online lessons/course design. The content and options are so specific and varied. Not to say that there aren't components of advertising in these, but I do think there is a distinction.
  • What happens when a screen is resizes?
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      This has obviously become a huge deal breaker. Not being mobile compatible immediately puts you/your resource at a disadvantage. At the very least, rather than mobile compatibility your resources should be able to be viewed on a mobile device. (I say this without doing it myself. This is an area that I personally need to do a lot of work. I also think the principles of design are different on mobile device viewing)
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  • Amazon makes the ‘Add to cart’ button more prominent by using color:
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      Has anyone ever been to a site that sells products and the purchase button isn't the largest/most prominent/highest contrast button? I ask this rhetorical question because I ran into the issue the other day. I quickly became frustrated with the struggle to purchase a product from the company. I cannot fathom why a company would not make that the absolute easiest thing to do on their site.
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dol-2019: Lesson Planning: The Missing Link in e-Learning Course Design - 1 views

  • First attempts at designing self-paced e-Learning courses are fraught with failure
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      "Don't let perfection be the enemy of progress" One of my favorite quotes. We, as lesson designers, can't be afraid of this failure.
  • Begin by evaluating the knowledge and skills of your design team
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      I think this is tough because many of us don't work on design teams. We know teams will make a better products, but it also takes more inputs to an already "plate-is-full" designer.
  • Nine Events of Instruction
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      Great basic template. I think having this system capacity of common knowledge of this would greatly benefit a group of designers all working to build online content.
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Article(s): Self- and Peer-Assessment Online - 0 views

  • be aware of their learning
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      Monitoring your own learning is the most important skill that we can help students learn.
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Implementation in a Secondary Classroom (Articles) - 0 views

  • Show us what you’ve learned,
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      I think that choice in assessment is the harder one to implement. Choice in what you learn about seems more common place. (ie what dinosaur to study, which event to study, etc.)
  • differentiation of instruction, assessment and expression of learning as well as the collection of student data.
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      I think that automating what you can in these categories makes teachers more effective.
  • Now they have access to the full unit from the beginning
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      Having a unit ready to go from day 1 of the unit is tough. When students see that though, I think they have confidence because that means the expectations are all set out at the beginning. They just have to navigate each expectation. It is the difference in running a race and knowing where the finish line is and running a race and not knowing where the finish line is.
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  • Your class is easy. I don’t mean simple — I mean it is easy for me to learn because I can pick assignments that let me do my best work.
    • mistermohr
       
      I love this quote. Easy vs. simple.
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Adaptive Learning System Articles - 1 views

  • tutors
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      I think of adaptive learning as the first level of differentiation that a teacher would do if they were able to work in small enough classes.
  • unstuck on a particular step that he hasn’t quite understood
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      I think this immediate feedback, corrective and actionable steps to improve knowledge are key in long term student success.
  • on-demand data
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      I think it is essential that this isn't an additional step for teachers. The data has to be accessible while the assessment is occurring. Then trends can be monitored.
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  • their own time, at their own pace
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      We know how important this is in personalizing learning
  • At the time of that launch, the ASU program had helped the university to hold onto
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      This is the motivation that k12 education does not have. Adaptive Learning makes sense, but its creation and adoption in k12 education isn't really incentivized.
  • The company describes it as "a behavioral-analytics-based teaching and learning platform designed to deliver personalized pathways in education."
    • mistermohr
       
      This sounds awesome! I wonder what the learning curve looks like...
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ollie-afe-2019: Article: Attributes from Effective Formative Assessment (CCSSO) - 0 views

  • inform instruction and learning
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      I think there are constant examples of assessment informing instruction in classrooms. I find it interesting the formal formative assessment argument seems to hold water but informal or on the fly decisions in a classroom are not typically seen as quality modifications due to formative assessment since they are not done with hard data, but rather subjective data.
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ollie-afe-2019: Building a Better Mousetrap - 0 views

  • consistently and accurately
    • mistermohr
       
      I feel that the most consistent and accurate rubrics are checklists. I understand rubrics should not be checklists, but I find they need to be checklist-esque to keep them objective.
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ollie-afe-2019: Educational Leadership: The Quest for Quality--article - 6 views

  • schools now make decisions about individual students, groups of students, instructional programs, resource allocation, and more.
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      I think that these decisions are made too infrequently. One test may place a student in a group that is not in your zone of proximal development. They may be stuck there for quite some time.
  • We're betting that the instructional hours sacrificed to testing will return dividends in the form of better instructional decisions and improved high-stakes test scores
    • mistermohr
       
      and to think of the potential impact on opportunities available to students...crazy
  • about the overall level of students' performance.
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      From my experience, most of the high stakes testing explicitly states that the results should not be used on the individual student decision making level. Oh the irony....
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"Personalized" vs. "Personal" Learning - 5 views

  • authentic choice
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      This is tough to implement. Students don't know intuitively how to do this on their own. There has to be coaching a feedback provided. I know that I have not implemented this to any degree of fidelity, but I am amazed at what students come up with on their own. They need to know they have that freedom, and that comes with the knowledge of how to use it.
  • “Personalized” learning is something that we do to kids; “personal” learning is something they do for themselves.
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      I love this line! We have to help students do things for themselves. I don't know about you, but implementing this for the vast majority of students takes so much time in getting them comfortable with the desire to learn. I know, I know, I'm just trying to pass the buck onto someone that "should have taught them that". How do I do it? I need to only consider reality, it doesn't matter if they don't know how. They need to learn how, and that is where I need to focus my attention.
  • who knows each child well
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      Who has the time for this? I say it sarcastically, but this is really a numbers game. 25 kids, 45 minutes, 90 class periods in a semester. That is 2.7 hours per student. That includes getting to know students, helping with personalization choices, decision making, monitoring learning, providing feedback, monitoring new learning, providing more feedback on dozens of standards. Our system isn't designed to foster personalized learning. We are trying to fit a square key in a round hole.
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  • Certain forms of technology can be used to support progressive education
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      I think of this as adaptive learning. it can be a valuable resource in personalization. Going back millenia, personalization began with the socratic method from Socrates himself. He was able to adapt learning through questioning, but he didn't rely on technology. He also had groups of 10 students for extended periods of time. So maybe technology allows teachers to have a larger effective reach than without it. In today's world, do you think technology aided learning is essential?
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Backchannel Chat - Safe Secure Classroom Discussions - 0 views

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    "Live Chat for Classrooms"
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ol101-s2019: Iowa Online Course Standards - 6 views

  • easy to understand
    • mistermohr
       
      I think it is important that others find the directions easy to understand. Of course they are easy to understand for the person writing directions, but are they for others as well?
  • logically
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      There has to be some predictability to content. They can't be discrete packets of knowledge never to be connected to other packets. Talk about confusing!!
  • Aesthetic design presents and communicates course information clearly throughout the course.
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      I think this is commonly overlooked, at least at the level of creating online experiences for typical teachers. From my experience, this can sink the ship before it has even left the harbor.
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  • Regular feedback opportunities, including autonomous feedback such as "self-check" or computer-generated practice assignments, make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class
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      One of the great advantages of online learning, automated differentiated feedback. In my opinion, it is not practical to be as intimately involved with every student to necessary degree to truly provide the differentiated feedback necessary in all circumstances. Making some of this automated makes the challenge much more doable.
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