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Mary Burns

Senior Learning Technologist, EDC
Mary Burns (mburns@edc.org) works across the globe as an online instructor, curriculum development specialist, instructional designer, evaluator and researcher on effective e-learning programs for teachers and students. Follow her @countykerrymary and at www.linkedin.com/pub/mary-burns/5/418/4a2/
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Just Right: Rethinking The How And Why Of Technology Training

Just Right: Rethinking The How And Why Of Technology Training (Revised)

Technology training for students and teachers in K-12 settings is often akin to the difficulties encountered by Goldilocks as she attempted to make herself comfortable in the Three Bears' home. Some types of technology training are "too long" and others "too short". The challenge is how to provide teachers with technology professional development that is as "just right" as possible.
To Read Or Not To Read: Text In An Online World
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To Read Or Not To Read: Text In An Online World

Does text have a place in online courses? If so, how do we overcome the off-putting nature of text and the many challenges of reading online? In this article, Mary Burns shares some of the challenges associated with text-based content and design and instructional strategies to address such challenges.