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Benefits of Synchronous and Asynchronous e-Learning

Benefits of Synchronous and Asynchronous e-Learning

Online learning environments are becoming more frequent in teaching and learning than ever before (Bonk & Zhang, 2006; Er, Özden, & Arifoglu, 2009; Skylar, 2009). Synchronous and asynchronous learning technologies are the two most common online learning types (Hrastinski, 2008; Er et al., 2009; Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012). The purpose of this article is to discuss the advantages of using both synchronous and asynchronous technologies in an online learning environment.

The Challenge of Teaching Soft Skills

The Challenge Of Teaching Soft Skills

It is easy to lecture on soft skills and then for students to pass a test showing that they have learned the material. But will behavior really change as a result of the lecture and testing? Do role plays result in behavioral change? Research shows that behavior changes at a minimum require repeated practice with extensive feedback. Simulation technology now offers the capability to go past traditional training and produce effective soft skills training.

The 5 Best Free Mind-Mapping Tools for Teachers

The 5 Best Free Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers

Organizing thoughts is a difficult task, for both teachers and students. Lack of a medium to organize all these thoughts can lead to stress, confusion, and lack of success in regards to yourself, or your students. Utilize these 6 Best Free Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers in order to be the best educator possible and ensure that your students are able to reach their full potential. *Update: we added one more!!!

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How To Help Your Tech Teams Love Learning Design

Many learning designers in large organizations find themselves working together with multimedia technicians, web designers, graphic designers and other specialists who actually create the online materials that students will use. This can lead to tensions due to differing perspectives and priorities. These differences though can be sources of creativity if approached constructively by the team. Consider the following 5 tips to help you work together with your team, make your learning design pop and keep the love levels high at the same time.

Sticking to the Instructional Design Basics - What, Why, How

Sticking to the Instructional Design Basics - What, Why, How

We often hear about the debate of how Subject Matter Experts meddle with Instructional Strategies and how Instructional Designers do not have the freedom to develop their own product. In this debate we often forget about the target audience, and finally end up creating something for the Subject Matter Experts. This article talks about how sticking to the Instructional Design basics would help satisfy both the Subject Matter Experts and the target audience.