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Design elearning to retain learner’s attention

One of the elements of AGES model of learning, attention is a very important part of the learning process. Develop your elearning module in a way that can get and retain the attention of learners.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 20 Aug 2019 under Theories, Tips

Brain diagram

Applying learning breaks in elearning

Ample time for learning activities such as studying the elearning materials is essential to acquire new knowledge and skills. On the other hand, an adequate amount of time when no learning activity is done is just as important to provide rest for the brain and to allow the new knowledge to settle.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 Aug 2019 under Theories, Tips

A silhouette of a head, neck and nose, with white spots for eyes, three white cogs for brain, and a rewind key at the back of the head. This image is a representation of the need to take learning breaks.

Spreadsheet problem generator: creating a basic word problem generator

Use spreadsheet applications to create a word problem for science, mathematics, economics or any other subject that uses word problems in some of its lessons. Then, create similar problems by simply altering certain cells in the spreadsheet without solving the new similar problem from scratch.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 10 May 2019 under Tips

How the brain stores learning and how you can use it in instructional design?

The brain stores information in a network of interconnected pieces. Knowledge that are deep in your memory can be easily accessed if it has more connection to those pieces of knowledge that are on the surface, or those that you can retrieve easily. A lesson or an elearning module can be more effective if the new lesson is immediately connected to the learner’s existing knowledge or experience.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 20 Apr 2019 under Theories, Tips

A brain-shaped cluster of interconnected nodes. Each node is a blue circle and most of the nodes are connected to others that are adjacent to it.

Progressive disclosure in learning design

Progressive disclosure or gradual reveal is a useful technique and an integral part of the learning process. It prevents the students from being overwhelmed with information, facilitates the connection between learning, and may also trigger strong emotions.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 25 Feb 2019 under Tips

Essential elements of online citation

Properly citing the sources is important in academic research work, but online references can be difficult to cite due to a wider variety of format with the pieces of information you need being in different places.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 28 Dec 2018 under Tips

Visual representation of internet research and citation,: a globe with interconnected nodes. One of the node has a book and another node has pen and paper.

Determining the credibility of a website

The internet contains large amount of information but also misinformation. Identifying credible websites is very important in using the internet for research meant for thesis, term papers, scientific journal publication and other works of high scholastic value.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 01 Feb 2012 under Tips

Writing equations for your website

As the web becomes one of the fundamental resources for learning, science and math teachers are facing the challenge of producing equations for the web in the manner similar to those found in printed textbook. HTML formatting cannot reproduce all possible equations so teachers and instructional designers who maintain science and math websites must come-up with a way to produce them. One is by producing a linear string of text that looks like an instruction to a programming language. The other is by using images, which can produce the more familiar way of writing equations as seen in books and in the classroom.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 06 Jan 2012 under Tips

writing equations for website

Setting-up a website to aid your lessons

Creating a lecture blog, wherein you write your lessons so that the students can review them anytime, will definitely help your students and reduce the time you need for consultations. You need not to spend your own money in creating lecture blogs as there are free and easy-to-use providers, some of which I will discuss in this article.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 05 Jan 2012 under Tips

A sample of WordPress UI, which teachers can easily use in constructing their lecture blogs

Finding copyright-free images in Wikimedia

The websites Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons are excellent source of public domain images. However, as the websites that anyone can edit, it is plagued with incomplete and contradictory licensing statements that reduce your choices to either exclusively using public domain images or contacting the copyright holder. The first option is easier but you still need to weed them out from among the many copyrighted images and ensure that they are indeed copyright free.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 Jan 2012 under Tips

public domain images

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