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Karin Rex

Karin Rex
Karin Rex is a nationally known trainer, writer, and presenter on various facets of the Internet, as well as other technology-related topics. Prior to founding Geeky Girl, LLC (formerly ComputerEase) in 1989, she worked in the traditional graphic arts arena.
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Influence Your SMEs to Work with You Instead of Against You

Posted by Karin Rex on Jun 9, 2021 4:15:00 PM

06092021 Blog - Influence Your SMEs To Work With You 1.1“My Subject Matter Expert (SME) is totally devoted to the new course I’m developing! She accepts every meeting request and stays until every question is answered. When I send an email question, she is incredibly quick to get back to me and answers every question thoroughly and succinctly!”

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Instructional Design

Exploring the I and E Phases of ADDIE

Posted by Karin Rex on Aug 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

What do the I and E in ADDIE mean? After you’ve done your due diligence in the Analysis Phase, plotted your targeted training approach in the Design Phase, and transformed your plan of attack into reality in the Development Phase, it’s time to Implement (the I in ADDIE) and Evaluate (the E in ADDIE).

Unfortunately, these two phases often go the same way the last few of lines of the “30 Days Hath September” poem – they are forgotten.

(I can hear you trying to recite the poem right now in your head. Go ahead, I’ll wait.)

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Topics: Evaluation Strategy, ADDIE

Exploring the Dsquared in ADDIE

Posted by Karin Rex on Aug 22, 2019 10:15:00 AM

What do the Ds in ADDIE mean? I enjoy asking my fellow instructional designers whether they consider themselves designers or developers. Why?

Because most of the time, they answer with a question: “What’s the difference?”

And then I get to wax poetic about the differences in my two favorite phases in ADDIE: Design and Develop.

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Topics: Instructional Design, Blended Learning Instructional Design, ADDIE

What Does the A in ADDIE Stand For?

Posted by Karin Rex on Aug 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

A in ADDIE Design ModelThe A in ADDIE stands for assessment, right? Or is it analysis? I can never remember.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an “analysis” is defined as, “the careful study of something to learn about its parts, what they do and how they are related to each other.” To analyze something is to separate a whole into its component parts, which allows a person to break something complex down into simpler and more basic elements.

On the other hand, an “assessment” is defined as, “the act of making a judgment about something. To assess something, you are estimating the value or character of the object.”

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Topics: Blended Learning Instructional Design, ADDIE

Stories = Engagement = Learning

Posted by Karin Rex on Aug 15, 2017 2:14:26 PM

Storytelling and Learner EngagementStorytelling has a long history as one of most fundamental communication methods. From paintings on cave walls to Egyptian hieroglyphs, to the first words ever written on papyrus with ink, people have been telling and listening to stories.

We love to HEAR stories, too! As children, we all begged our parents for “one more story!” And many of us remember the morals of those stories even now as adults.

We all enjoy a good story and revere a good storyteller. Whether it’s an engrossing novel, an exciting movie, or a facilitator telling us about the horrible-no-good-rotten-awful experience they endured the very first time they tried to facilitate training in the virtual classroom.

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Topics: Virtually There, Storytelling & Storyboarding

Don't Bog Down Your Learners' Cognitive Load

Posted by Karin Rex on Mar 7, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Cognitive Load in Modern Learning When designing learning for virtual classrooms or a blended learning program, one of your primary missions is to capture and maintain the attention of your learners. 

This can be challenging in a space that is still new to many learners. Think about it: we are asking somebody to sit at a computer for one or more hours, and focus only on the content being taught.

It’s a little like putting a kid in an arcade with a bucket full of free quarters nearby and asking him to sit at a table and play Checkers with you. There are so many things calling to that person sitting at the computer: email, a newly downloaded phone app, streaming cat videos, etc.

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Topics: Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Learner Experience

Generating Genuine Collaboration in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Karin Rex on Jan 31, 2017 12:19:00 PM

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Virtual Classroom CollaborationVirtual classroom lessons should be more about learners working together collaboratively than lecture and PowerPoint. Intellectually, we all recognize that. But, what purpose does collaboration truly serve and what virtual classroom tools achieve the desired result?

Why do you suppose we bring people together to learn?

Is it merely to allow a Facilitator the opportunity to lecture to a multitude of people simultaneously? Or is it perhaps to provide opportunities for deeper learning through collaboration? (Two or more people practicing new skills and applying new knowledge.)

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Virtual Collaboration