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Marisa Keramida (M.Ed.)

Sr. Instructional Designer / Content Developer
Marisa Keramidá (M.Ed) is an experienced Instructional Designer for eLearning. She has worked for several international companies as a Corporate Trainer, Training Content Developer and eLearning Specialist.
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Social Learning In Instructional Design: Practical Tips To Design Effective Collaborative eLearning Activities

Social Learning In Instructional Design: Practical Tips To Design Effective Collaborative eLearning Activities

The significant penetration of social media in our daily lives as well as the raise of corporate presence in them, without any doubt, make them ideal learning tools, a fact that instructional designers for eLearning cannot overlook. In this article, I’ll present the different types of collaborative eLearning activities you may include in your instructional design for eLearning, and I’ll share some tips for designing collaborative eLearning activities that in practice I've found effective.
Success And Inhibiting Factors Behind The Instructional Design Of Collaborative eLearning Activities: What eLearning Professionals Need To Know

Success And Inhibiting Factors Behind The Instructional Design Of Collaborative eLearning Activities

A quick look on eLearning job advertisements and one will immediately notice the increasing demand for instructional designers capable to create collaborative eLearning activities, by taking full advantage of social media, as learning tools. However, despite the demand and the many articles written about the effectiveness of social learning and its direct impact in eLearning, collaborative eLearning activities are still not frequently integrated into the instructional design to the extent we would expect. In this article, I’ll present the factors that contribute to the success of collaborative eLearning activities, as well as the inhibiting factors that make Instructional Designers reluctant to include them in their instructional design for eLearning.
The Pedagogy Behind MOOCs: What eLearning Professionals Should Know

The Pedagogy Behind MOOCs: What eLearning Professionals Should Know

What are the peculiarities of designing an online course that addresses to such a big audience? What does it mean in terms of instructional design? And is there an ideal pedagogy behind MOOCs? In this article, I’ll explain the peculiarities of an instructional design for “massive” learning, the different pedagogical approaches behind xMOOCs and cMOOCs, and I’ll show you how to motivate your learners in order to maximize the effectiveness of your MOOC courses and minimize dropout rates.
What Is Wrong With MOOCs? Key Issues To Consider Before Launching Your First MOOC

What Is Wrong With MOOCs? Key Issues To Consider Before Launching Your First MOOC

Despite the extensive critique they have received since they first appeared back in 2008, without any doubt, MOOCs consist today the latest trend in online learning. As MOOC initials stand for Massive Open Online Courses, by definition, they raise some key issues for which eLearning professionals who want to keep up-to-date with latest trends in the field may need further clarification. In this article, I’ll discuss these key definition issues, I’ll explain why MOOCs have not received the expected attention up to present, and I’ll highlight the critiques they have received as important factors to consider before launching your first MOOC course.
The Importance Of Learning Objects In Instructional Design For eLearning

The Importance Of Learning Objects In Instructional Design For eLearning

Thinking of your eLearning course in terms of learning objects greatly facilitates both the instructional design and development process of the eLearning course, as it offers eLearning professionals the great benefit of classifying eLearning content according to the learning objectives to be covered. In this article, I’ll discuss everything you need to know about the use of learning objects in eLearning course design, whatever your instructional design approach may be, and I'll also give 4 top tips on how to design and integrate learning objects in your eLearning course design.
5 Benefits Of Integrating Knowledge Management Systems Into Corporate eLearning Platforms

5 Benefits Of Integrating Knowledge Management Systems Into Corporate eLearning Platforms

Most companies, having realized the importance of standardized procedures with respect to training and information exchange among employees both vertically and horizontally, have invested thousands of dollars on various types of eSolutions, such as corporate web sites, learning management systems, and knowledge management systems. However, many HR departments still find themselves in position of spending both work-hours and effort striving not only to evaluate, classify and prioritize documents before deciding what to communicate to whom and how, but also to handle issues such as files updates, access rights, duplicates in distinct locations, etc. In this article, I’ll give you 5 top benefits of integrating your knowledge management system into your corporate eLearning platform for optimizing professional development within your organization.
Behaviorism In Instructional Design For eLearning: When And How To Use

Behaviorism In Instructional Design For eLearning: When And How To Use

How to write about the “benefits” of behaviorism when it is the learning approach that the most critiques has received? Behavioristic theories may sound out-of-date as, nowadays, everybody involved in instructional design for eLearning seems to favor constructivism. The incorporation of social media in eLearning course design has also opened new e-ways towards social learning, keeping “behaviorism” somewhere at the far end of the corridor, a scapegoat to blame for whatever we, as ”eLearning experts”, find not constructive enough. Then, why universities still bother teaching about behaviorism? Is behaviorism as old-fashioned as we consider and by no means applicable in today’s digitalized world? In this article, I’ll try to give you some tips on how behaviorism can be applied in today’s instructional design for eLearning and to explain for what type of eLearning activities is more appropriate.
8 Tips To Design Effective Non-Linear eLearning Courses

8 Tips To Design Effective Non-Linear eLearning Courses

Nowadays, more and more eLearning professionals in their effort to keep up-to-date with latest trends in instructional design for eLearning, try to employ a non-linear instructional design approach for their eLearning courses. In this article, I’ll give you some tips, from an instructional designer’s point of view, on how to design effective non-linear eLearning courses, as well as I will discuss when is appropriate for eLearning Professionals to employ non-linear eLearning course structures.