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Phylise Banner

Phylise Banner
Phylise Banner is a learning experience designer with over 25 years of vision, action, and leadership experience in transformational teaching and learning approaches within academia and industry. A pioneer in online learning, she regularly seeks out and embraces opportunities to experiment with emerging pedagogies and technologies in order to best serve learners, and to create vibrant and engaged communities of practice. She is an Adobe Education Leader, STC Fellow, performance storyteller, avid angler, aviation enthusiast, and currently training to be a private pilot. She is also the proud owner of a 1967 Amphicar.
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Exploring Curation EdTech Tools and Apps

Posted by Phylise Banner on Mar 21, 2017 12:36:00 PM

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Content Curation EdTech for Modern LearningThe last (but not least) compartment in our EdTech toolbox is curation tools. We use these tools and apps to explore the web to find resources related to specific topics that we can save, reference or share out through other channels. In any modern blended learning program, a curation strategy can improve the outcomes for your learners.  

According to Anders Pink, curation for learning means:

  • Finding the best content from multiple sources, usually external content.
  • Filtering it so only the most relevant content makes it through.
  • Sharing it with the right internal audiences, at the right time, in the right places.
  • Adding value to that content with commentary, context or organization.

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Topics: EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

3 Visions for the Future of EdTech

Posted by Phylise Banner on Mar 9, 2017 12:02:00 PM

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Can we possibly know what the future holds? I don’t think we can, but we can certainly look to the horizon and consider what may be coming. We can use data, history, and recent trends to guide our forecasts. I am not a futurist, but I do see three distinct visions for the future of EdTech swirling around in the haze out there.Future of EdTech Educational Technology

The Connected Future

The Internet of Things (IoT) is real. Our homes talk to our phones, and our watches talk to our refrigerators. Our objects (wearable and embedded) are talking to each other – collecting and exchanging data. Machines connected to machines, constantly passing information back and forth. The Gartner Group published a study back in 2015 which estimated that 20 billion devices would be connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. Will we lose our human touch here? I don’t think so.

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Topics: EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

5 Gadgets and Gizmos on my EdTech Wish List

Posted by Phylise Banner on Mar 2, 2017 12:03:00 PM

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Modern Learning EdTechAs a Learning Experience Designer, I am always promoting the theory and research behind the work that I do, and stressing that “it’s not about the technology." We create learning solutions that meet the needs of our learners through mindful approaches, not through technology. 

At the same time, I’m a geek. I love my tech, and I love how technology enables me to think differently about the learning experiences that I create for my clients. I’m always on the lookout for new EdTech, or any technology that I can shape to meet my instructional needs.

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Topics: EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

7 Orienteering Tips for Instructional Designers

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Instructional Design OrienteeringAs a Learning Experience Designer, my job requires that I navigate a complex landscape. Each new project that I work on involves different parameters, sends me down unique pathways, and sets up obstacles along the way. 

Even with many years of experience under my belt, I still find myself lost in this landscape at times. You may find yourself just as lost in your own work, too. As learning experience designers, we often work under compressed timelines and have to rely solely on our instincts and defined learning objectives to guide us toward a successful project outcomes.

It may surprise you to learn that the sport of orienteering (not your traditional instructional design resource) can provide us with some valuable guidance.

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Topics: Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Exploring Augmented and Virtual Reality EdTech Tools and Apps

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 16, 2017 12:10:00 PM

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VIrtual Reality Augemented Reality EdTech Last week, we looked at assessment and evaluation EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series by diving deeper into augmented and virtual reality tools and apps. 

These tools and apps enable us to create immersive learning experiences for our learners. Simulations have been around for a long time, but newer tools and apps enable us to engage our learners in immersive experiences on a much lower budget. What was once a highly segmented toolset is now available for us to explore and integrate into our toolboxes!

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Topics: EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

The Modern Learning Makerspace

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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The Art of Praxis

Modern Learning Makerspace I have been seeing the word “praxis” a lot these days, associated with a few different definitions. To me, the essence of the word, is application – the application of theory to practice. Definitions include examples of practice, and application of knowledge or skills. And, the word is said to have derived from the Greek word for “doing”.  

Applying theory, knowledge, or skills to practice is what we all aim to do, as modern blended learning practitioners. We use what we consider, know, and know how to do, to make learning happen.

I love making learning happen. I love the creative process just as much as the assembly process. I love creating and making learning come together.

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Topics: Modern Learning, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Exploring Assessment and Evaluation EdTech Tools and Apps

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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LAssessment and Evaluation EdTech Toolsast week, we looked at social and community EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series on our EdTech toolboxes by diving deeper into assessment and evaluation tools and apps.

The tools that focus on quantifying or qualifying the impact of learning fall into this toolbox compartment. We use this array of tech tools and apps for tests, surveys, and assignments, as well as for determining the value of our learning initiatives. Adaptive learning is a hot topic these days, and the data and reporting tools that drive adaptive content are found in this area as well.

For some of us, these tools inform the effectiveness of our learning solutions, for others these tools indicate our business impact. Simply put, we are using them to measure, validate, forecast, and inform.

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Topics: EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Exploring the Virtual Conference Experience

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 7, 2017 12:15:00 PM

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Virtual Conference Learning ConferenceAttending a conference in-person is not always an option. Budget constraints, scheduling, and getting approvals can often prevent you and your staff from participating as attendees, or even presenters. 

More and more, we see virtual conference options being offered – either an entire virtual conference, or the virtual attendance option for an on-site conference. These live virtual learning experiences have extensive benefits (and limited drawbacks) if they’re well produced and facilitated.

The Producer Perspective

I have been producing and facilitating virtual conferences for several organizations for the past five years. These are virtual tracks at the conferences, meaning that we broadcast only specific sessions that are taking place on-site. This gives attendees a multi-day experience with sessions chosen from the overall schedule to be streamed live.

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Exploring Social and Community EdTech Tools and Apps

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Social Collaborative Learning EdTechLast week, we looked at communication and interaction EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series by diving deeper into social and community tools and apps.

Again, some of the tools and apps you find here stretch across multiple categories. We use social media to share content, communicate, and interact. Sometimes creating a community of practice or personalized learning network is not a project goal or objective, but we know that putting one in place will certainly promote knowledge and skill acquisition in our learner’s moments of need. These social and community tools and apps can help us do just that.

I’m going to approach this post a bit differently than the other posts in this series, as this category is broad, deep, and touches so many other compartments that I’ve established in our toolboxes. Instead of sharing my preferences of specific tools (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Slack, Yammer, etc.), I’m going to concentrate on overall features to look for, considerations, what you might want to learn more about, and my vision for the future of social and community tools and apps.

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Topics: EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Getting Social: When Social Collaboration Makes Sense

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Social Learning Social CollaborationI learn best when I learn with others. When I have someone there (physically or virtually) with me sharing the experience, I know it makes a difference. I want (I would go as far as saying “need”) to have conversations threaded into my learning to make it stick. 

Yes, I am a very social person, and I thrive on conversation and collaboration. I also understand that not everyone is like me, and social learning is not meant for every learner in every situation. So, when does social collaboration make sense?

Let’s go back to those 5 moments of learner need, and explore where social collaborative learning would benefit our learners during each individual moment.

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Topics: Social Learning, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs