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. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

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 the 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. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Helping Teachers Integrate Technology: The 5J Approach

How can we help teachers (or any novice technology user) better integrate technology into what they do? This article, written by Mary Burns several years ago, and based on research conducted by Mary and colleagues, promotes 5 strategies to promote better technology-related professional development. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Yes, You Should Pilot Your Online Course: A Few Things To Consider As You Do

To pilot or not to pilot? That is often the question for online learning programs. However, the simple "pilot" is surprisingly complex and there are a number of things to consider as you pilot, or fail to pilot. This article explores some of these considerations. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

5 Guidelines For Developing Good Online Assessments

If we want to develop good assessments, we have to do the hard, and often offline work, of... well... developing good assessments! This article, by Mary Burns of the Education Development Center, lays out 5 guidelines for developing good assessments. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.