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Instructional-Design-Live#19 2010-05-21 Authentic Assessment

29:25 minutes (13.46 MB)

Authentic assessment is within the reach of most online instructors. It's just a matter of starting small and considering some basic principles in designing effective learning experiences, notes Mary Engstrom, senior instructional designer at the University of Montana. Mary discusses a framework for developing authentic tasks and identifies a number of examples.

Instructional-Design-Live#18 2010-05-14 Avoiding Overload in Online Courses

30:38 minutes (14.02 MB)

As part of a series that focusses on practical strategies for designing effective online courses, the IDL team focus on how to avoid cognitive overload this week.

Cognitive Load


We discussed a numberof practical suggestions from experience and the research and indulged a little in information overload. Lots of good discussion and resources!

Instructional-Design-Live#17 2010-05-07 John Graves: Engaging Online Learners in the Early Stages of Online Courses

26:55 minutes (12.32 MB)

John Graves, the lead faculty in the Master of Science in Science Education program at Montana State University, Bozeman, spends 30 minutes sharing over a decade of expertise in the design and delivery of online courses. John touches on a number of key considerations in terms of engaging learners in the early stages of an online course:

Instructional-Design-Live#16 2010-4-30 WebQuests

30:46 minutes (14.08 MB)

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Instructional-Design-Live#15 2010-4-23 Teaching Presence in a Community of Inquiry

32:48 minutes (15.02 MB)

This week is the final part in a series exploring the Community of Inquiry Framework. Jennifer Maddrell leads us in an exploration of the practical dimensions of establishing teaching presence in online courses.


Teaching Presence

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