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Virtual Classroom Designer Competency Resources

Being competent as a virtual instructional designer takes sophisticated expertise in many areas from instructional design to cultural intelligence. But it also takes attention to detail in day to day tasks, including project ownership, preparation, and execution.

This whitepaper will provide some critical information to help you get the job done!  

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Design

The Pedagogy of Learning Design

The term pedagogy is often loosely defined as the art or science of teaching. Derived from French and Latin adaptations of a Greek term, the word denotes the ancient Greek tradition of having a slave who would lead his master’s child to a place of learning -- literally “leading the learner to learn.”

Leading learners to learn is the art and science we embrace as professionals in the field of e-learning. This white paper reveals the craft that lies at the intersection of that art and science, merging learning theories with applied effective practices in support of quality e-learning experience design -- the craft that enables us to lead our learners to learn.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design

Blended Learning Instructional Design: A Modern Approach

As instructional designers we are constantly being bombarded with new technologies and new trends. It's difficult to distinguish which are fads, and which are worthy of our time and resources. There also seems to be the perception that you can teach any content using any technology, which is hardly the case.

So what's the solution? From an instructional design perspective we should be looking to develop much more of a blended program rather than trying to fit all content into one convenient delivery modality. This whitepaper will provide some tips on how to plan and create a successful blended program. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended learning

Virtual Classroom Tool Design Basics: A Virtual Engagement Primer

Designing for the virtual classroom doesn't need to be difficult - but designers do need a working knowledge of the features and tools each virtual classroom platform provides.

In this white paper you'll find high-level summaries of virtual classroom tools, including chat, breakout rooms, whiteboards, application sharing, synchronized web browsing, and survey and feedback tools.

Why do you need to know about these tools? Because the virtual classroom is NOT the same as the traditional classroom, and you need to be able to adapt your engagement techniques in order to create meaningful, learner-centered programs.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design

Enabling Virtual Learners by Design

We all know that the use of virtual classrooms, e-learning, and blended learning has gone beyond a trend to become an accepted and permanent part of the learning mix. It's hard to find a subject that isn't, in some form and at some level, taught online.

With so much content and technology readily available, why don't people seem to be learning more? And why are so many people being forced to learn online at (metaphorical) gunpoint?

The information presented in this whitepaper will help you to understand why this happens and, more importantly, how to implement five critical elements that will set your learners up for success.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended learning

Body Language In The Bandwidth