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How to Leverage Primary Sources in Instructional Design

By Rachel Peachey on Aug 12, 2022 11:44:11 AM

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Think of an important event in history that occurred during your lifetime. You probably remember watching the news on TV or seeing the newspaper headlines related to the event. These primary sources are part of our collective cultural memory. 

Primary sources can also serve as important learning materials for students. Helping learners step within inches of historical events and the news, primary sources are invaluable. Not only do primary sources bring benefits for learners, but they are also versatile. 

In this guide, learn how to pick out the best primary sources for your course needs. Then, discover activities you can leverage to get the most out of primary sources in instructional design.

Topics: Issues in Education Teaching Methodologies Tips for Using Video Video in Digital Learning Instructional Design Educational Videos
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Do Current Events Belong in Core Curriculum?

By Rachel Peachey on Jul 21, 2022 12:02:07 PM

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When presented with the question above, any educator may answer with something like “In theory, yes, current events belong in the core curriculum.” In practice, educators and curriculum designers may wrestle with the decision. What if the news is too controversial? What if the news changes within hours? How would instructional content be sourced so that it’s appropriate and age-appropriate for multiple grades?

Despite some drawbacks, including current events in courseware can bring many benefits to students. What’s more, with the right approach, adding current events can enhance curriculums to build context around course content and care for students in a holistic way.. 

Read on to discover the benefits of studying current events and historical news reports. Plus, we’ll include some tips on how to include journalism in courseware in a way that meets standards, boosts student achievement, and more:

Topics: Issues in Education Teaching Methodologies Tips for Using Video Video in Digital Learning
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Have you been thinking all wrong about learning styles?

By Rachel Peachey on Apr 25, 2022 8:00:00 AM

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If you work in the field of education, then you’ve probably heard of learning styles. The idea that some people learn best visually, while others are auditory learners has long been popular in education. Perhaps you even took a learning styles quiz as a student.

People generally agree that learning styles can explain some of the differences in performance and preferences for learning among students. But, when it comes to learning styles’ effects on performance, where’s the evidence? Are learning styles valid? Or, is there more to learning styles than meets the eye? 

Topics: Issues in Education Tips for Using Video
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4 Ways Instructional Designers Can Use Educational Videos Effectively

By Rachel Peachey on Apr 5, 2022 8:00:00 AM

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If you’re an instructional designer, you are very familiar with video content. You may have designed entire courses around a series of lecture videos.

Well-chosen educational videos that align with the curriculum and take the right pedagogical approach can be very beneficial for learning experiences. They may even improve student outcomes. That said, the internet is brimming with videos that may or may not be appropriate for any given lesson. Instructional designers must carefully consider the specific purpose a video will serve when including it in a course, training, or lesson.

Fortunately, there are many creative and effective ways to enhance course design with video content. Here are 4 different educational video strategies to add to your instructional designer toolkit:

Topics: Tips for Using Video Video in Digital Learning
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What is accessibility in education? Conversations to start at ASU+GSV

By Rachel Peachey on Mar 23, 2022 1:29:17 PM

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For anyone with strong vision: Can you imagine trying to navigate the internet as a person who is legally blind? 

Some websites may be easy to access but others may be impossible for you to use. Similar barriers affect people with a range of different sensory and informational needs every day.

While accessible technologies have come a long way, there is still a lot of ground to cover. The education sector, in particular, can improve in this area so that all students have an equal footing on their academic journeys. 

Topics: Issues in Education Tips for Using Video Accessibility in Education
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Bringing Extra and Co-curricular Subjects to the Virtual Classroom

By Bree Fabig on Aug 7, 2020 9:40:03 AM

Educators learned something during spring’s sudden transition to remote learning: we simply can’t cover the same amount of material as we do in the classroom. Some teachers are expecting to progress through as little as a fifth of the material they would plan to otherwise cover this school year, leaving little room for extra and co-curricular subjects.

Topics: Tips for Using Video Video in Digital Learning
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Project-Based Learning is an Opportunity in Equity

By Bree Fabig on Jul 14, 2020 12:58:11 PM

When it comes to teaching collaboration and inquiry skills, many educators face a tough hurdle: the ever-present pressure of rigid test-oriented standards. But reinforcing core learning outcomes to meet state and federal standards doesn’t need to be antithetical to innovative teaching methods.

Topics: Teaching Methodologies Tips for Using Video
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Top Ways Videos Can Be Used in Higher Education

By Suzanna Taylor on Jun 23, 2020 5:52:47 AM

In the not-so-distant past, higher education lectures were almost entirely instructor-led with a heavy focus on written learning materials. Students would spend hours of their week trying to absorb long and complex texts, regardless of their preferred learning style. Then, they would sit in a lecture hall and listen to a professor talk while they listened, often with little audience interaction. For some, this was an effective and enjoyable way to learn but, for many others, it wasn’t quite so engaging.

Topics: Tips for Using Video Video in Digital Learning
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Video Learning Strategies to Try in Your Lessons

By Bree Fabig on Apr 28, 2020 7:20:37 AM

Let’s talk about passive and active learning in the context of video-driven lessons. As teachers, every minute in the lesson counts so it’s important that we have both a clear goal and a clear strategy associated with the videos we choose to share with our students. Once we find the right video, we ask ourselves, “Okay, what do I do with this? How can this clip be an active learning experience instead of a passive one for my students?”

Topics: Tips for Using Video
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4 Tips for Using Video to Differentiate the Learning Product

By Bree Fabig on Apr 7, 2020 7:12:00 AM

In previous posts, we’ve covered how to use video to differentiate learning content and process. These are aspects of differentiation that teachers are often familiar with, but did you know that it’s also possible to differentiate the product of learning?

Topics: Tips for Using Video Video in Digital Learning