Developing effective elearning requires expertise in Project Management, Computer-based Instructional Design, Multimedia Design, Instructional Technology and Quality Assurance. It is rare for a single person to have mastered all of these skill sets. Therefore, developing effective elearning often requires a team approach which leverages the unique skills of each contributor.
A team approach also ensures an efficient elearning development process as each contributor can focus on their core competency rather than having to muddle through elements that they are not experts in. The following graphic highlights the five key skill sets required to develop effective elearning as well as the primary contributions of each team member.
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Instructor presence in the online environment can be elusive as a shadow – it’s one dimensional, monochromatic and takes on various forms depending upon the point of view. Yet, instructor presence in online learning communities is vital to ‘complete learning’ (by complete I mean student engages with content, applies higher order thinking skills, and produces tangible evidence that learning objectives are met). In the virtual environment the instructor needs to be ‘real’, 3 dimensional, have a personality, be the subject matter expert and as if this isn’t enough, help the student achieve the learning goals in this virtual space. A tall order. In this post I’ll share why and how instructor [virtual] presence is critical, essential instructional design components to facilitate presence, and strategies used by instructors that demonstrate presence.
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