Category: Online Courses

1 Coherence Principle

Last week I let you know that we would be looking at the 12 Multimedia Principles, and we’ll get started this week with the Coherence Principle.  The Coherence Principle means eliminating extraneous words, pictures, and sounds.  When this is done there is a deeper understanding of material presented.   To start looking at this principle it …

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Multimedia Learning

When we look at learning, in both the face-to-face classroom, and especially in on-line learning, an important aspect is Multimedia Learning (how we learn using words and pictures). The definition of multimedia used here is that: “Words” include spoken text or printed text.  “Pictures” would be illustrations, photos, animation, or video.  Multimedia learning then is …

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Instructor Presence in Online Learning

In a face to face situation, instructor presence is easy …. you’re right there with your students, but when teaching online this can be tougher, unless you are thinking about it and making sure you are present to students.  One of the major reasons why students drop out of online courses is that they feel …

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Effective On-Line Learning

As we start Fall semester I wanted to share with you a few tips on making On-Line Learning more effective.  These tips come from the group eLearning Industry.  In their article, they mention how online students are more likely to drop their on-line course due to their unrealistic expectations, poor planning, and because of a …

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Creating Great Online Learning

This week I wanted to share with you a article from the eLearning Industry on 4 tactics in creating online learning experiences.  The following was written by Peter Schroeder who is an eLearning expert. ————————————————————————————————————————— Craft Unforgettable Online Learning Experiences Using These 4 Tactics A great online course is set up in a way that encourages …

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Pause, Play, Repeat

Here is an interesting article from Faculty Focus Pause, Play, Repeat: Using Pause Procedure in Online Microlectures By: Judith Dutill, MA, and Melissa Wehler, PhD The article advocates combining microlectures with pauses for interactive activities that allow students to review, process and clarify their understanding.  The can include responding to brief writing prompts, playing “Devils …

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Free Webinar – Rockin’ the Virtual Classroom!

January 26, 2016 10:00 am – 11:15 am AK time Begin Registration… Virtual classroom technology (ILinc, Adobe Connect, WebEx, Elluminate, etc.) provides a wonderful live, real-time bridge between the traditional classroom and the learner. But it isn’t “just like” the traditional classroom, and in the wrong hands can be deadly dull. In this session we’ll …

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Capturing Your Student’s FULL Attention


Back in June of 2014 Saga Briggs wrote The Science of Attention: How To Capture and Hold the Attention of Easily Distracted Students. In this article she describes the findings of research which indicates that university students do best when their attention is captured by periods of active learning. She then gives the reader 15 Tricks …

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Discussion Board Improves Exam Scores: Success Shared by KPC Faculty

Susan Mircovich

I always think we learn best from our colleagues and I recently heard from Susan Mircovich, Assistant Professor of Chemistry for Kenai Peninsula College of something that she did which was very successful. I asked Susan to write it up for me so I could share it with all of the faculty reading the FLC. …

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Universal Design and Why YOU Should Care

Principles of Universal Design

Jane Bozarth just came out with a great article Nuts and Bolts: It’s Not Just About “Compliance”: Accessibility in eLearning which highlights why it is important that all faculty understand universal design and what it means to have your course materials accessible to ALL students. While UAS has an Office of Disability Services which can …

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