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Random Thoughts on Instructional Design

Role of Interactivity in Student Engagement

Technology should not be used as a method for delivering information to learners, but instead it should be use as to assist learners in developing knowledge. Technologies should engage learners in meaningful learning, where learners are intentionally and actively processing information while pursuing authentic tasks in order to construct personal and socially shared meaning for the phenomena they are exploring and manipulating (Jonassen, Peck, Wilson, 1999). The goal of technology-constructive exercises is for technology to help learners articulate and reflect on what they already know and apply that to the new learning environment.

Excellent online courses apply creative combinations of teaching strategies, using methods like instructional units, case studies, simulations, video units and other Web based resources to encourage learners. Such courses adhere to the following:

  • The readiness principle, enabling learners to see the relevance of the material
  • The experience principle, respecting the expertise learners bring to the course
  • The autonomy principle, allowing learners to control their own learning paths through meaningful exercise and activities
  • The action principle, emphasizing clearly and continually the connections between what is being learned and the real world in which it is applied

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This entry was posted on June 27, 2007 by in Tip Jar.

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