The Need for Meta-evaluations and for Evaluating the Evaluators

As the last class concluded on program evaluations we had an interesting dialogue about the need to evaluate the evaluators. It is important to evaluate the evaluations, and it is equally important to evaluate the evaluators. We discussed the inevitable biases that may affect an evaluation, and the importance of the methods used, as well … More The Need for Meta-evaluations and for Evaluating the Evaluators

Scope Creep

Scope Creep   I decided to undertake a project in which my professional learning community transitioned from archaic Scantron™ testing to Data Director™. Data Director™ is a fantastic tool that allows educators to evaluate student responses, see problematic questions, compare data across teachers, across years, and across subject matter. Sounds amazing, right? The problem is, … More Scope Creep

Written, Verbal, or Face to Face Communication? Choosing the appropriate mode of communication, or appropriate modes of communication is crucial to success in project management, instructional design, and quite frankly, in most other fields as well. Image from Microsoft Clip Art. Used in accordance with sharing policy. A “no” said with a laugh, and a … More

Instructional Design and Project Management

Instructional Design and Project Management As we continue our instructional design journey to include project management, I have been considering the characteristics of a good project manager as presented by Lockitt (2000) which include energy, ability, vision and motivation. These characteristics are also necessary in instructional designers. Lockitt (2000) also states that “the purpose of … More Instructional Design and Project Management

Perceptions of Distance Learning

Perceptions of Distance Learning Laureate Education (n.d.) begins the timeline of distance education at 1833. Georgie Miller (2014) starts the timeline even earlier at 1728. The changes in distance education are striking even from a starting point of ten years ago. “Since the 1960s, online learning has dramatically changed affecting small and corporate business, private, … More Perceptions of Distance Learning

Considerations for Converting to Distance Learning

Benefits to Distance Learning vs. Face to Face Instruction “The ability to learn asynchronously is one of the primary benefits of online learning. Students are able to reflect upon their ideas before sharing them with the class, leading to more reflective responses and in-depth meaning” (Teacher Stream ®, 2009). Transferring face to face training to … More Considerations for Converting to Distance Learning

Asynchronous Training Solutions

Asynchronous Training Solutions “The key to success in an online classroom is not which technologies are used, but how they are used and what information is communicated using the technologies” (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright & Zvacek, 2012). In choosing appropriate technologies for a given instructional situation it is important to “1. Assess appropriate technology for online … More Asynchronous Training Solutions