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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
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Hybrid Learning is Here to Stay: How Video Can Support Students Anywhere

By Boclips on Mar 24, 2021 8:28:00 AM

There is no doubt that the past year or so has been tough all around. For a vast number of us, our lives have been turned upside down. Schools and universities have closed their gates and, for many, the workplace has shifted from offices to spare bedrooms.

Topics: Boclips for Publishers Video in Digital Learning
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What's the Optimum Length for an Instructional Video? And Why is it Important?

By Boclips on Feb 23, 2021 8:24:16 AM

When choosing a video to include in your course, there are several factors you’ll want to take into consideration.

Topics: Boclips for Publishers Video in Digital Learning
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International Day of Education 2021

By Suzanna Taylor on Jan 22, 2021 7:38:56 AM

For many students, teachers, and educational professionals around the world, learning looks very different to how it did 12 months ago. That’s why the focus of this year’s International Day of Education is recovering and revitalizing education for the COVID-19 generation. 

Topics: Events & Holidays Video in Digital Learning
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What to Look for in Educational Videos for Your Courseware

By Boclips on Jan 14, 2021 11:24:15 AM

With the global e-Learning market expected to grow to $275 billion by 2022, according to a report by Orbis Research, and over 5 billion videos watched on YouTube daily, the appetite for both online learning and video is huge. No surprise, then, that video is an essential element of any compelling courseware. 

Topics: Boclips for Publishers Video in Digital Learning
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The Benefits of Video for Students with Dyslexia

By Kim Ramsey on Oct 28, 2020 7:33:02 AM

Video can be a powerful and engaging teaching tool. But did you know that it can also be used to help students who have dyslexia? According to researchers, people with dyslexia are often very motivated to learn and many have strong academic skills in areas other than reading (source). Dyslexia affects the way that learners process information, so they may have difficulty understanding and remembering things that they see and hear (source), which can impact attainment and wellbeing in the classroom. 

Topics: Issues in Education Video in Digital Learning