10 eLearning Design Principles Infographic

10 Design Principles for eLearning Infographic

Design is too often overlooked by course developers, or otherwise misunderstood – some eLearning designers think that as long as their course “looks good,” the visuals are sufficient. But graphical composition and design affect the way a learner takes in information, so giving a bit more thought to the visual layout of the pages of your course is an important part of eLearning best practices. The eLearning Design Principles Infographic presents 10 simple changes that will improve the layout of your eLearing course.

  1. Guide the viewer’s eye
  2. Control the clutter
  3. Shorten the columns
  4. Proper use of white space
  5. Smart font choices
  6. Keep things consistent
  7. Watch your alignment
  8. Let prominence inform position
  9. Offer easy access
  10. Use contrasting colors

via info.shifelearning.com

7 Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher

The Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher-

  1. You can integrate digital skills into everyday life: digital skills are transferable.
  2. You have a balanced attitude: you are a teacher not a techie.
  3. You are open to using and trying new stuff: find digital tools and explore how they work.
  4. You are a digital communicator: you can use email and social media with ease.
  5. You know how to do a digital assessment: you’re a sound judge of the quality of information, apps and tools.
  6. You understand and respect privacy: you treat personal data with the respect it deserves.
  7. You are a digital citizen: you know how to behave online appropriately and you’ll pass it on to your pupils.

Source: DailyGenius

Do you agree with this list of characteristics for a digitally competent teacher? What additional characteristics would you add to this list? Leave a comment with your ideas!

5 Golden Rules of High-Quality Instructional Design

The quality of an instructional design is often gauged on three things: effectiveness, efficiency, and cost. Here are 5 rules that will help you achieve a high-quality instructional design:

  1. It must begin with an end in mind.
  2. It must be student-centered.
  3. It is refined through continuous assessment and improvement.
  4. It follows a well-defined system.
  5. It considers the big picture.

The-Golden-Rules-of-High-Quality-Instructional-Design-Infographic
Source: info.shiftlearning.com, via e-Learning Infographics

What additional rules would you add for high-quality instructional design? Leave a comment with your ideas!

Top Advantages of Asynchronous eLearning

Top Advantages of Asynchronous eLearningvia LeanForward

Asynchronous eLearning Advantages:

  1. Greater Accessibility
  2. Save Time and Boost Productivity
  3. Minimize Disruption to Workflow
  4. Scalability
  5. Eliminate Travel Costs
  6. Simplified Training Documentation
  7. Personalization
  8. Consistency
  9. Free Up Instructor Time

What additional advantages do you see for asynchronous online learning that you’d recommend adding to this list? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards

“Netiquette” refers to the rules of etiquette that apply to online communication. Follow these 15 rules shared by Touro College to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’ online discussion boards.

Netiquette Online Discussion Boards infographicvia Online Education Blog of Touro College

  1. Before posting your question to a discussion board, check if anyone has asked it already and received a reply. Just as you wouldn’t repeat a topic of discussion right after it happened in real life, don’t do that in discussion boards either.
  2. Stay on topic – Don’t post irrelevant links, comments, thoughts, or pictures.
  3. Don’t type in ALL CAPS! If you do, it will look like you’re screaming.
  4. Don’t write anything that sounds angry or sarcastic, even as a joke, because without hearing your tone of voice, your peers might not realize you’re joking.
  5. Always remember to say “Please” and “Thank you” when soliciting help from your classmates.
  6. Respect the opinions of your classmates. If you feel the need to disagree, do so respectfully and acknowledge the valid points in your classmate’s argument. Acknowledge that others are entitled to have their own perspective on the issue.
  7. If you reply to a question from a classmate, make sure your answer is accurate! If you’re not 100% sure when the paper is due, DO NOT GUESS! Otherwise, you could really mess things up for your classmates and they will not appreciate it.
  8. If you ask a question and many people respond, summarize all answers and post that summary to benefit your whole class.
  9. Be brief. If you write a long dissertation in response to a simple question, it’s unlikely that anyone will spend the time to read through it all.
  10. Don’t badmouth others or call them stupid. You may disagree with their ideas, but don’t mock the person.
  11. If you refer to something your classmate said earlier in the discussion, quote justa few key lines from their post so that others wont have to go back and figure out which post you’re referring to.
  12. Before asking a question, check the class FAQs or search the Internet to see if the answer is obvious or easy to find.
  13. Check the most recent comments before you reply to an older comment, since the issue might have already been resolved or opinions may have changed.
  14. Be forgiving. If your classmate makes a mistake, don’t badger him or her for it. Just let it go – it happens to the best of us.
  15. Run a spelling and grammar check before posting anything to the discussion board. It only takes a minute, and can make the difference between sounding like a fool and sounding knowledgeable.

What additional tips would you recommend be added to this list? Leave a comment with your suggestions!