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Pam Buysman

Lesson: Articles on Visual Design - 2 views

  • Instead, it enhances it by engaging users and helping to build trust and interest in the brand.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      I think the key word is enhances. Content has to be most important and the layout and design of the website has to be secondary. It's important to make sure that the website itself doesn't overpower or overwhelm the message. 
  • You should direct the user’s eyes through a sequence of steps. For example, you might want your user to go from logo/brand to a primary positioning statement, next to a punchy image (to give the site personality), then to the main body text, with navigation and a sidebar taking a secondary position in the sequence. 
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Web design is a bit like designing a PowerPoint isn't it? While a web site is certainly not linear, we have to design a way to make sure the content we're sharing is seen by our audience. That does mean figuring out some kind of path for them to follow. 
  • One of my worst habits is making low-contrast text. It looks good but doesn't read so well, unfortunately. Still, I seem to do it with every Web site design I've ever made, tsk tsk tsk.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      There are many things to consider about readability. The thing that stands out for me is that very frequently, simple is better. Fonts might look attractive, but often it is best to stick with tried and true fonts and also tried and true colors. Obviously, if the reader is unable to read your site, they won't see what you want them to. 
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  • When a user comes to your site what are they actually trying to do? List out the different types of tasks people might do on a site, how they will achieve them, and how easy you want to make it for them.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      It's important to think like the end user. It might be a good idea to enlist the help of a second set of eyes. Like proofreading an article, having someone "test drive" your website might be a good idea before actually sharing it with the intended audience. 
  • Keeping your design consistent is about being professional. Inconsistencies in a design are like spelling mistakes in an essay. They just lower the perception of quality. Whatever your design looks like, keeping it consistent will always bring it up a notch. Even if it's a bad design, at least make it a consistent, bad design.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Again, it's so important to keep the end user in mind. Consistency helps the end user know how to use and navigate your site. In web design, and also in Soft Chalk created lessons, users really don't like to be surprised. They want to know what to expect. 
  • Hierarchy does not only come from size. Amazon makes the ‘Add to cart’ button more prominent by using color
    • Pam Buysman
       
      What is your message or goal?  After determining that, you can plan how to prominently place the most important items on your web page. Size and color are two ways of creating hierarchy. I guess I had never really given much serious consideration to this. 
  • In other words, the bigger an object and the closer it is to us, the easier it is to use it.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Does Fitt's law have something to do with the number of clicks it takes to get to information from the homepage? Is there a rule of thumb that says no more than 3 clicks? 
  • The best images follow the rule of thirds: an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      I don't know much about photography, but I have heard about the rule of thirds. Again, something I didn't really think this when I considered adding photos to a web site or to a Soft Chalk page. Not all photos automatically ascribe to the rule of thirds, so it might be helpful to know a little bit about photo editing as well. Just one more thing to consider! 
  • Notice how you could see the dog without focusing on each black spot that the dog consists of?
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Sorry, I don't see the dog. :-)
  • Content is more important than the design which supports it.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      This is essential to remember. What we are trying to say is so much more important than making something "pretty." We always need to start with the message or content. 
  • Users are rarely on a site to enjoy the design; furthermore, in most cases they are looking for the information despite the design.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Not much more to say about this. It's all about the content!!
  • according to Weinberg’s law, a developer is unsuited to test his or her code
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Collaboration is so important. Ask for another pair of eyes to help you. Make sure as well, that your colleague will be willing to critique your work. Sometimes that's difficult to do, but it key to the success of your design and usability. 
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dol1: Lesson Planning: The Missing Link in e-Learning Course Design - 7 views

  • For lesson planning, we assume that IDs can write learning or performance objectives. We assume that IDs know how to assess learning in meaningful ways and at the right cognitive level. And we assume that they know the limitations and possibilities of the course media. Detailed lesson plans are particularly useful for this last point. While we ask IDs to be creative in designing instruction, we also ask that they be cognizant of the appropriate use of media for instruction
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Just like when we are using technology in a F2F class, we need to make sure the technology fits the lesson and is not just used for it's wow factor. Again, always thinking about why and how the technology fits will make it much more effective. 
  • Too often, formal storyboarding does not occur prior to authoring. Instead, IDs use the authoring tools to generate storyboards of their already-developed instruction.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      What happens behind the scenes is often much more important than what we actually see! No matter what format or platform we use, that will probably never change! 
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ollie4: Article: Attributes from Effective Formative Assessment (CCSSO) - 13 views

  • Formative assessment is not an adjunct to teaching
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Formative assessment is essential to learning. It's something that is NOT supplementary or something that might be nice to do. Formative assessment imust be part of teaching and learning. Yet as I consider my educational career, it seems that formative assessment has become a buzz word in education only relatively recently. As we continue to look at ways to increase student achievement, formative assessment is something that needs to become a permanent part of our "educational vocabulary."
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ollie4: Building a Better Mousetrap - 1 views

  • measure the key qualities (also referred to as “traits” or “dimensions”)
    • Pam Buysman
       
      I like the idea of measuring the key qualities, those skills that we determine are essential for students to learn. This is where instruction needs to begin.
  • solving real problems
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Solving real problems equates to having a relevant curriculum. I believe this is one of the essential teaching standards in the Iowa Core.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Consistenly student after student....again part of creating a well designed rubric. It shouldn't matter who does the assessing if the rubric makes the criteria clear.
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  • Meaningfully” here means both consistently and accurately
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Consistently....if we do a good job of describing our criteria for evaluation it shouldn't matter who evaluates the student's work. Results should be similar. I guess we'll find out in our group work if this is indeed the case.
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ollie4: Educational Leadership: The Quest for Quality - 5 views

  • Selecting an assessment method that is incapable of reflecting the intended learning will compromise the accuracy of the results.
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Selecting the best assessment method makes a difference. If we are using the data to guide our instruction, it's imperative we use the right assessment tool.
  • What decisions will the assessment inform?
    • Pam Buysman
       
      The following paragraph highlights the way formative assessments should guide our instruction. Changes may not be immediate, but they certainly provide a way to plan for the future.
  • Use SAT scores to determine instructional effectiveness
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Just a sidebar....could this mean we need to be very careful when we use ITBS scores to measure teacher effectiveness?
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Teaching on the Web - Exploring the Meanings of Silence - 1 views

  • What 'right' does EM have to force a timetable on to them?
    • Pam Buysman
       
      The teacher has every right to force a timetable. Learning will not occur without structure.
  • The visual, audio and tactile cues we take for granted in our everyday teaching, and which we rely on as guides to our action, are utterly absent in the online environment.
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  • The teacher in this scenario is at the behest of her students' actions (or lack of them). The centre of control has moved markedly away from the teacher, to the students.
  • Yet the establishment of a sense of community is often one of the chief objectives of a teacher with any class. The achievement of it is a milestone in the progress of a given class in the mind of the teacher.
  • It is almost embarrassing to say so, but there are other things to ‘talk’ to students about than the course material.
  • Others may find that the time they get to reflect and compose their comments invests them with a power they don't ordinarily feel in face-to-face communication.
  • Failure to respond promptly to a student request or other communication could be catastrophic. It is disarming, even alarming, to invest the time to post a message and then get no response.
  • strong conscious effort, planning, forethought, time
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    like designing learning tasks that will engage students, and choosing material which is suitable for delivery via the Web.
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online1: Iowa Online Course Standards - 10 views

  • The course makes maximum appropriate use of online tools outside of the CMS (including email, web 2.0, chat, videoconferencing, and whiteboard) to enhance learning
    • Pam Buysman
       
      Moodle certainly has a number of built in tools for the course developer to to use. There is an internal blog and wiki available, but perhaps, wikis and blogs that are available outside of Moodle will better serve the needs of the participants. We need to choose what is most appropriate to meet the objectives of our course. What will best enhance the learning experience for our students? In order to do that of course, we'll need to have an awareness and also a certain amount of expertise to have students utilize these tools.
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online1: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 43 views

shared by Pam Buysman on 05 Sep 10 - Cached
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation (Varvel IV.A, ITS 3.b)
    • Pam Buysman
       
      I took the instructional design class this past summer. One of the things we needed to do was to create an overview/orientation for our learners. Before I took the class, I already had my course somewhat organized, but had neglected to include this feature in my course. Now, I realize how really important this is. One of my colleagues at work often uses the phrase, "go slow to go fast." I think that's so applicable here. It takes time to create the overview and you're really not having students learn content. However, by providing the necessary guidelines and instructions immediately, things will go much smoother in the class.
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning (SREB M.3, Varvel IV.D, ITS 3.e, ITS 4.f)
    • Pam Buysman
       
      We spent time discussing this in last weeks forum. How do you select the best technology to use in your class? How many different tools do you need in your toolbox so you have an adequate selection? In order to meet this criteria, I think we need to do our best to stay current. Obviously, that can't mean we are familiar with everything, because that would be impossible. We do need to be aware, however, about the different catagories of tools..wikis, blogs, screencasts, etc. This class will certainly help us in that endeavor.
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