AHRD 650 - Instructional Design for e-Learning :: November 1, 2006

Sharing Other Ideas

By now you should have a design document and five examples of sites that teach similar content to yours. We will start class by sharing these products in order to identify possible media that could be used to support your design. The following will be held constant:



There are a lot of ways to develop a first version of a class. My preferred way is to quickly lay out the course pages with placeholder text on them. Then you can go back and put in finished content as the course develops. This method takes advantage of the malleable nature of new media; storyboard and finished production can be done at the same time. (BTW, this is how Charlie Chaplin worked. He filmed, then looked a the shots and decided what the story details would be).

Using Dreamweaver and/or Blackboard, lay out your teaching site.

Blackboard Skills

To this time we've toyed around in Bb. Let's be sure we can do the following:

Integrating Worked Examples

Clark and Mayer make a case for teaching with "worked examples," which I would call example narratives or models. Blackboard offers some interesting ways to implement these ideas, including Learning Units and Adapative Release (see below). Let's come up with a problem and solve it in class.

Blackboard's Adaptive Release

The text talks about Worked Examples, a concept that goes well with a new feature in Bb version 6.3, adaptive release. Here the designer can control access to content based upon the learner's successful completion of prerequisite tasks. We'll take some time to implement these together.

Tool Review

So far, we've used the following:


What shall we add to the list above... I think we should get better at blogging Podcasts that set up an RSS feed to notify our students of new material.


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