Course Design and Online Group Collaboration – What’s the Connection?

Lindy Williamson

The original post that I found actually came from Bon Simmons research from last weeks assignment.  It is a very interesting and thoughtful about all of the information that is on the blog and how it relates to the knowledge that online learners need from a course in order to become aware of the information that they are learning.  I have taken many courses that require collaboration in groups, but I have had little success with this.  Although after reading the justification of why it is important for students to work in collaborative groups I am more aware of the importance that it can bring to their education.  I know that through a majority of my online courses through Western New Mexico University online collaboration groups are very important to a large part of the professors.  In my opinion, being in an online course is no different than having my…

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Learning by Copying

I agree with the author, a repository of great instructional design works should be available. However, I feel that the designer must create his/her own form of the design, not reproduce it as it is based on the need in the classroom.

Engaged

Jazz band Mostly Other People Do the Killing created an interesting controversy in jazz circles recently; they released a cover of the classic Miles Davis record Kind of Blue. The controversy here is that that didn’t so much interpret it as they slavishly reproduced it note for note, right down to the late 50s tape hiss!

This album has generated lots of discussion. One negative opinion I’ve heard expressed a couple of times is that the album–which, again, is very hard to distinguish from the original–doesn’t “swing.” My first reaction to this view was dismissive (if it sounds the same how could it be said to swing less?), but it is certainly true that experts experience the world differently than the rest of us, at least as it relates to phenomena within their area of expertise, so there could well be something to it.

What a fantastic opportunity…

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Definition of Information/Instructional Design

INTERFACE

Information design involves organising information within a design in a way that is not only physically appealing to the user, but is also efficient and effective. Similarly, Instructional design also involves organising information in a design in a way that is efficient and effective, but also aims to aid the user by providing guidance on how to perform or complete a specific task.

Information/Instructional design can break information or instructions down in a way that enhances the users understanding of the topic. These designs often use colour coding and imagery as well as text to group together and physically demonstrate the information or instructions.

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Hello world!

I started this blog as a requirement for a college class that I am taking.  From my understanding instructional design  involves organizing information in a design in a way that is efficient and effective, and aids the user by providing guidance on how to perform or complete a specific task. by breaking down the information or instructions  in a way that enhances the users understanding of the topic.  I see instructional design is an effective tool to help the teacher prepare and map out lessons in advance.