Instructional Design Must Focus on Learning Outcomes, Not Learning Activities 

<<It’s no secret that kids learn better when teachers provide learning activities that keep them engaged. Teachers work tirelessly to plan engaging lessons that capture and keep the interests of their students, thereby making content more accessible. >>

While this is definitely true in K12 learning, which is the focus of the article, it is just as relevant for higher ed and workplace learning.   Outcomes come first – they are the S.O.W. (statement of work) – the framework of the learning experience.  Everything else needs to be built based on those objectives.  Good article from Edsurge.

Source: Why Instructional Design Must Focus on Learning Outcomes, Not Learning Activities | EdSurge News

Flipgrid – A Tool You Need to Try

By now almost everyone has heard of it, but if you teach online or use any kind of blended format, FlipGrid is a must have.  Asychronous (not real time) video, so that means learners can answer a question when they have time.  They can even watch it again to be sure they said what they wanted to say, and change it if they’d like.  If you use an LMS, you can embed the grid into your course site.  I highly recommend FlipGrid!



Boost collaboration, feedback and assessment in classrooms, corporations, and conferences around the world.

Source: Flipgrid.

Active Learning: In Need of Deeper Exploration 

“A cursory review of what’s considered to be active learning, makes one feature clear: it engages students individually and collectively to different degrees.”

Active learning definitely engages learners.  I agree with the article, more exploration is needed.  It can be active but how do we make it stick?  There’s no question that an experience (“active”) is more likely to be remembered, but they need to use new learning in context – in their own context – for it to work with adults.  Adults need to tether new knowledge to what they already know (Knowles) so perhaps active learning means something different for non-traditional learners.

Good article from Faculty Focus worth reading as always!


Source: Active Learning: In Need of Deeper Exploration | Faculty Focus

Why Organizations Forget What They Learn from Failures

“It’s tough to innovate and be safe at the same time.”

Yes, it is.  In a larger organization, unless you are Google, Facebook, or similar failure is not often rewarded.  Well, we can’t expect it to be rewarded, but we can take failure as a lesson learned and use that for our next attempt.  Innovation can’t happen without trial and error.  This is a great article from Harvard Business Review.

Source: Why Organizations Forget What They Learn from Failures

Could Slack Be the Next Online Learning Platform?

This article from EdSurge is about Slack for Learning.

While I personally like Slack very much, there is a pushback movement about its always on nature.  Yes, you could argue we are always on anyway.  But there is something about Slack that is even more “on” than we are accustomed to.  Waiting to respond to a text is ok with society.  Not responding to a Slack @ – not sure that is as accepted.  I do love Slack for its small community nature and overall functionality, and yes I find myself using it as an alternative to Twitter with some of the people in my Personal or Localized learning networks.    But we will see if this continues.  It depends how comfortable people are with the app.  As simple as it is, it still doesn’t have the simplicity of Google Groups – which I’ve seen used instead of Slack more and more often lately.

Source: Could Slack Be the Next Online Learning Platform? | EdSurge News