We’ve likely all heard myths about online learning. Specifically, that anyone can succeed in an online learning environment and that online classes are easier for students than traditional face-to-face classes. In a recent webinar, however, Instructional Designer Loren Kleinman of Berkeley College dispelled these myths while discussing how best to design engaging courses with Instructional Design Theory, using her school’s unique online learning prep course as an example.
Kleinman argues that while many students are savvy when it comes to accessing the web on mobile devices or using social networks, this does not always translate to skills necessary for success in online learning. As such, Berkeley College ensures that incoming students will have positive outcomes during their tenure at the school by requiring a Road to Success in Online Learning (RTS) course to evaluate and determine students’ motivation, commitment, and ability to function effectively online. In order to create this course, Loren implemented best practices of Instructional Design Theory to ensure it was developed to foster student success and accurately reflect their comfort in an online learning setting.
Here are some of Kleinman’s tips for using instructional design when designing online learning courses:
- Know your audience: Are your learners primarily Millennials or adults? Traditional or non-traditional students? These and other demographic questions will impact the teaching methodology used in online curriculum development.