Mary Burns

Senior Learning Technologist, EDC; Technology & Instructional Design Specialist IREX, Technology & Pedagogy Advisor, MCC

Education Development Center

Mary Burns ([email protected]) is a senior technology specialist at Education Development Center. She develops educational technology plans and online learning strategies for schools, school districts, states, universities and ministries of education in the US, Asia, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. She is also an author, invited speaker, instructional designer, online instructor, curriculum development specialist, and evaluator and researcher on effective e-learning programs. Mary is currently based at the International School of Panama. Follow her @countykerrymary. Read more about Mary’s work at www.linkedin.com/pub/mary-burns/5/418/4a2/

eLearning Articles by Mary Burns

My Favorite Things (Part 2): More Formative Assessment Tools

My Favorite Things (Part 2): More Formative Assessment Tools

Thursday, 17 August 2017 by Mary Burns

Interested in tools for formative assessment? We've got 'em! This article discusses several popular formative assessment tools for educators.

Design and Development
My Favorite Things: 5 Useful Formative Assessment Tools

My Favorite Things: 5 Useful Formative Assessment Tools

Saturday, 3 June 2017 by Mary Burns

The internet is full of all sorts of helpful formative assessment tools for blended learning. Like many readers, I'm often…

Design and Development
Feedback In Online Courses: Advice From Emily Dickinson

Feedback In Online Courses: Advice From Emily Dickinson

Sunday, 30 April 2017 by Mary Burns

Feedback is critical to effective learning. Some of the best advice of feedback for online learners that I've read comes…

Best Practices
Is Online Learning Right For You?

Is Online Learning Right For You?

Sunday, 23 October 2016 by Mary Burns

Is online learning right for you? Instead of that online course, would you better suited to a blended course or…

Best Practices
Finding The eLearning Platform Of Your Dreams

Finding The eLearning Platform Of Your Dreams

Saturday, 24 September 2016 by Mary Burns

Looking for that special eLearning platform? In many ways, it's like looking for a spouse. This article helps you avoid…

Platforms
New Wine In New Bottles: Learner-Centered eLearning

New Wine In New Bottles: Learner-Centered eLearning

Saturday, 27 August 2016 by Mary Burns

Online learning has been derided as "old wine in new bottles" - modern, sleek technology that delivers stale, traditional instruction.…

Best Practices
eLearning Two Step: An Overview Of Instruction

eLearning Two Step: An Overview Of Instruction

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 by Mary Burns

Online learning has been described as "one step forward for technology and two steps backwards for instruction". This first of…

Instructional Design
10 Considerations For Effective Online Courses

Designing Effective Online Courses: 10 Considerations 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 by Mary Burns

Careful attention to Instructional Design can determine the online learner's experience. This article offers 10 suggestions for creating effective online…

Instructional Design
12 Rules For Flipping Your Classroom

12 Rules For Flipping Your Classroom

Tuesday, 9 February 2016 by Mary Burns

So, you want to begin flipping your classroom. Here are 12 quick rules (tips, really) to help you get started.

Blended Learning
Completing An Online Course: 13 Time Management Tips

Completing An Online Course: 13 Time Management Tips

Monday, 4 May 2015 by Mary Burns

We’re all busy—family, work, school, life, life, work, work... One of the biggest challenges faced by online learners is managing…

Articles
Online Learning In Emergencies E-Learning Lessons From Mother Nature

E-Learning Lessons From Mother Nature: Online Learning In Emergencies

Thursday, 2 April 2015 by Mary Burns

Over 100 inches of snow in 5 weeks, sub-zero temperatures, impassable roads and sidewalks. A metropolitan area buried under a…

Blended Learning
Helping Learners Get The Most Out Of Online Discussions

Helping Learners Get The Most Out Of Online Discussions

Monday, 2 March 2015 by Mary Burns

Online discussions are the lifeblood of an online class. Without rich, ongoing discussions, learning is minimized. However, many online courses…

Asynchronous Learning
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