eLearning

When Great Lessons Fail…

“Best if Used By…” – An Activity’s Shelf Life We have all experienced the process of teaching a lesson semester after semester and one day realize that lesson is losing its value. What happened? Did the examples become less relevant? Is the content not as exciting to students anymore? Are the techniques used to teach […]

Four Steps to Designing Micro Learning Interactions

Article by Bucky J. Dodd, Ph.D. – When designing learning experiences, many educators tend to focus on designing overall formal learning environments such as a courses, seminars, or workshops. Within these formal learning processes, there are often many dynamic opportunities to support learning based on the unique needs and experiences that learners encounter. Responding to […]

Visual Planning Tools for Transformative Learning, Change, and Innovation

Written by Bucky J. Dodd, Ph.D. – Introduction I recently had the privilege of working with a group of professionals who are focused on engaging members of an association. This group initially reached out for help with understanding their current strategic practices and determining how to build on their strengths. When we began working together, […]

Unlocking the Secrets of Learning Innovation

Written by Bucky J. Dodd, PhD – The Institute for Learning Environment Design recently attended the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate conference in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to catching up with many of our collaborators from other institutions, we also unveiled a new visual analytics tool for accelerating learning innovation called the Learning Environment Innovation […]

Starting the Intellectual Engine Online

Writen by Tracy Fairless, M.A., Director of Learning Design, Center for eLearning and Connected Environments – “Students should be made to grapple with the material and receive authentic practice in thinking like an expert,” said Carl Wieman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In […]

Modeling The “Openness” of Learning Environments

Article written by Bucky J. Dodd, Ph.D., Center for eLearning and Connected Environments- Openness and Learning Environments Technology constantly gives us new and exciting ways of enhancing learning experiences. Early digital technologies focused on opening new delivery channels. We continue to see digital learning technologies transform the way we connect and learn from other people. […]

The Design of Transformation

Introduction Having the opportunity to work with many education and business organizations, I’ve noticed a common challenge many are working to overcome. This challenge is not necessary the use of technology, the achievement or organizational priorities, or even the talent development of people. The core challenge is innovation. The issues of technology, talent, and priorities […]

Designing Personalized Learning Experiences

Introduction The research and literature that explores how adults learn consistently emphasizes the importance of personalization in the learning process (Russell, 2009). While it’s generally accepted that personalization is a positive goal when designing learning environments, the practical challenges associated with accomplishing this can often be overwhelming. Personalization requires motivation and relevancy on the part […]

Playing Chicken: Knowing When to Adapt Your Teaching Strategy

Introduction Much of my professional research and career interests have focused on planning and designing education and training experiences. While research consistently supports the importance of effective instructional planning, there is also much to be said about mastering the role of adaptability in teaching. In other words, knowing when to change and adapt “the plan” […]

Designing a Transformative Learning Community for Online Learning Excellence

Introduction April is poised to be an exciting month for educators in the State of Oklahoma. Through support of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Council for Online Learning Excellence is coordinating the first Oklahoma Learning Innovations Summit. This “blended” learning summit is aimed at helping educators share effective practices and knowledge about […]