I create interactive online learning modules with learner-centredness, constructivism, and universal design in mind. Read more:
Drafting and Revising Learning Outcomes
I created this interactive module for use in Instructional Skills Workshop Online, but it is general enough that it can be adapted for general information or just-in-time support. The video below shows an excerpt of this module that demonstrates how the module promotes a constructivist approach to learning:
- learners are asked to complete tasks (in this case, write draft learning outcomes for their own mini-lesson) along with the module.
- participants can take multiple pathways depending on what is valuable and personally relevant. For instance, learners are asked to revise their learning outcomes by interacting with the cognitive, affective, and/ or psychomotor domains of learning (one or all, as needed) in order to improve their learning outcomes. Learners can click to hear more about the different levels in each or any level, or simply “shop” for more measurable action verbs. Participants who are familiar with domains of learning can use this section fairly quickly to access verbs within the appropriate domain and level of learning, whereas those who are less familiar can explore and hear more about each level within each domain.
In order to practice learner-centredness, the following is in place:
- share intended learning outcomes early on in the module, and
- learners are asked to complete activities and consider questions that are relevant to their own experiences.
Experiential Learning Cycle
Additional evidence-based practices include
- Keeping modules short, as evidence shows that engagement drops sharply after 6 minutes (Guo, et al, 2014 via edX blog).
Effective Poster Presentation Design
I created a narrated, interactive module on designing and presenting research posters for mygradskills.ca, a professional development site free to graduate students in Ontario.
This module promotes learner-centredness by:
- sharing intended learning outcomes early on in the module
- asking students to think about their own research and learning with probing questions, a follow-along worksheet, and diverse examples of posters.
This module adheres to principles of universal design:
- an accompanying script includes narration, text, and descriptions of animations and images.