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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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Best Practices to Support Multimodal Learning: 5 Tips to Follow

By Rachel Peachey on Jun 30, 2022 8:30:00 AM

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Multimodal learning engages learners, makes learning more effective, and also improves accessibility. Any educator would be glad to offer these advantages to their students. But, incorporating multimodal learning into courseware or making use of it in the classroom isn’t always straightforward. There are many possible ways to use multimodal learning, and not all of them guarantee the best outcomes. 

To help instructional designers and other education professionals, we’ve put together 5 tips to support multimodal learning when designing courses, curriculum materials, or planning for its use in the classroom: 

Topics: Video and Teaching Tools Teaching Methodologies Video in Digital Learning Multimodal Learning
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5 practical ways to leverage multimedia in courseware

By Rachel Peachey on Jun 17, 2022 11:38:28 AM

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As recently as twenty years ago, university and ongoing education courses relied on lectures and textbooks alone. Today’s students immerse themselves in course material through a wide range of multimedia resources and interactive courseware. 

A multimedia or multimodal approach to learning is not only more interesting for students but also brings learning benefits. Multimedia tools and resources can help bring abstract concepts to life, boost student motivation and interest, and introduce large amounts of information efficiently, among other advantages.

As a courseware or instructional designer, you naturally want to bring all of these benefits to your students. Here are five practical ways to create a multimodal environment in your courseware:

Topics: Video and Teaching Tools Teaching Methodologies Video in Digital Learning Multimodal Learning
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Top 3 Takeaways from the 2022 ASU+GSV Summit

By Rachel Peachey on May 27, 2022 8:30:00 AM


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Inspirational, innovative, and provocative are just a few words to describe the recent ASU+GSV 2022 Summit. With a theme of “Ed On the Edge,” the conference featured world-class speakers who sparked essential conversations about education.

The energy of so many talented and passionate education professionals in one place was palpable throughout the conference. We were thrilled to attend and meet other people committed to innovation in education technology. 

Most of all, we were thrilled to return to Boclips with inspiration that would influence and improve our work. 

Here are some of our key takeaways from the conference:

Topics: Issues in Education Video and Teaching Tools Video in Digital Learning
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4 Things All Curriculum Designers Should Know about Learning Styles

By Rachel Peachey on Apr 13, 2022 8:30:00 AM

 

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The concept of learning styles is pervasive in the field of education. Nearly 80% of educators reported that they used or had intentions of using teaching methods that matched the learning styles of their students. 

Despite their ubiquity, learning styles have recently earned a controversial reputation. As a curriculum designer, you may wonder what you should know about learning styles. What are they, where did they come from, and what are the critiques and controversies surrounding this theory? Perhaps most importantly, what are practical takeaways for curriculum designers? Let’s get into it!

Topics: Issues in Education Video and Teaching Tools Video in Digital Learning
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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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Digital Learning Dialogues: How to make your curriculum accessible Pt 2

By Boclips on Mar 15, 2022 11:25:43 AM

Natalie, Boclips Account Manager and education accessibility advocate, discusses what instructional designers can do to stay on top of accessibility requirements and democratize digital learning.

Topics: Boclips for Publishers Video in Digital Learning
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Digital Learning Dialogues: How to make your curriculum accessible

By Boclips on Feb 18, 2022 10:00:59 AM

Natalie, Boclips Account Manager and education accessibility advocate, discusses what instructional designers can do to stay on top of accessibility requirements and democratize digital learning.

Topics: Boclips for Publishers Video in Digital Learning
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How to Use Video in Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Design

By Boclips on Apr 7, 2021 7:31:00 AM

While the efficacy of video for delivering content to students, increasing engagement, and providing variety to courseware is well established, the real beauty of video as a learning and teaching tool lies in its ultimate flexibility.

Topics: Boclips for Publishers Video in Digital Learning