IDInnovation: Distance Learning Focused Blogs

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November 2, 2012 by idinnovation

So it seems my MS in Instructional Design and Technology program is yet again assigning a task that I should have been working on all long.  This is the second time a course at Walden University has required that I write a blog.  They refer to as an “Application Assignment” I refer to it as “gentle push” to do the right thing.  It is necessary for me to set time aside to maintain this blog. Perhaps this is another opportunity to do just that.

Over the next several weeks this blog will be updated on a weekly basis.  All topics will correspond to distance learning and innovative methods and principles that instructional designers should utilize to create effective educational materials. Although it will no doubt be covered again let’s begin here with the definition of distance learning.  Distance learning can be defined as “institutionalized formal education where the learning and teaching groups are separated, and active technological systems are used to connect resources, instructors and learners (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, and Zvacek, 2012). Distance learning has immersed itself in learning and development programs in the US whether it’s simple office training and development software, human resources on-boarding, harassment and office policy training or job specific targeted training.  Organizations are replacing training expenditures such as travel, meeting space rental, and loss of productivity with instantly available e-learning access. Instructional designers must have the expertise in applicable adult learning styles and principles required to create innovative and effective learning materials (Moller, Foshay and Huett, (2008).

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Moller, L., Foshay, W., & Huett, J. (2008). The evolution of distance education: Implications for instructional design on the potential of the web (Part 1: Training and development). TechTrends, 52(3), 70–75.

Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education (5th ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson.

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