Communication Modes – Open to Interpretation

For this week’s assignment we were asked to view a multimedia program entitled “The Art of Effective Communication” and to reflect upon our reactions to the same message being communicated in three different modes: email, voice-mail and  face-to-face conversation. Email The first problem with the email (which applies to all three modes in this particular situation)…

The Future of Distance Learning

          In recent years there has been a virtual explosion in the distance learning environment whereby almost every large university as well as many other colleges and universities provide some type of online education for students. Siegle states the following: “The nature of higher education is changing. The traditional four-year brick and mortar institution is…

Converting Face-to-Face Training to a Blended Learning Format

Consider the following scenario: A training manager has been frustrated with the quality of communication among trainees in his face-to-face training sessions and wants to try something new. With his supervisor’s permission, the trainer plans to convert all current training modules to a blended learning format, which would provide trainees and trainers the opportunity to…

The Impact of Open Source on Distance Learning

There is no question that with the boom of open-course websites there has also been a surge in demand as quality education courses taught by faculty from top universities like Stanford, Harvard, and MIT open the doors to scores of learners around the world that would not otherwise have access.  These courses have made it…

A Case Study: Selecting Distance Learning Technologies

Case Study:  A new automated staff information system was recently purchased by a major corporation and needs to be implemented in six regional offices. Unfortunately, the staff is located throughout all the different offices and cannot meet at the same time or in the same location. As an instructional designer for the corporation, you have…

Reflections

As my second graduate course, Learning Theories and Instruction comes to a close, we were asked to reflect on our experience over the last eight weeks and consider the following:   What did you find surprising or striking as you furthered your knowledge about how people learn? One of the things that I found surprising…