Mary Burns

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

Education Development Center

Mary Burns (mburns@edc.org) 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

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

eLearning 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
How To Undermine Your 1-to-1 Program... Without Really Trying

How To Undermine Your 1-to-1 Program... Without Really Trying

Monday, 2 February 2015 by Mary Burns

We’ve all read those articles on creating “good” 1-to-1 programs. But sure, while being good is, well, good, being devilish…

BYOD
Questions For Choosing a Learning Management System

Checking Under the Hood: Choosing a Learning Management System

Tuesday, 6 January 2015 by Mary Burns

Choosing a Learning Management System is a complicated process since there are many different aspects to consider, not to mention…

Learning Management Systems
Choosing An Online Learning Platform: Which Makes Sense?

Choosing An Online Learning Platform: Which Makes Sense?

Monday, 8 December 2014 by Mary Burns

The type of online learning system you choose will depend on what you want your online program to "be." That,…

Learning Management Systems
The Bandwidth Schools Have and the Bandwidth They Need

The Bandwidth Schools Have and the Bandwidth They Need

Monday, 10 November 2014 by Mary Burns

There’s an old saying that you can never be rich enough or thin enough (Since I am spending 4 months…

Articles
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