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Random Thoughts on Instructional Design

General Resources

  • Annenberg Media Learner – “Annenberg Media’s multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home.” All resources can be accessed for free through the website or purchased on CD.
  • – “provides free, customizable flash templates to embed into blogs, wikis and websites. Russel has created 17 templates that are available for teachers to fill in the blanks and images. Some are interactive games, others are fill in the blanks. Students can save their work, which is saved for 12 months on the website.
  • Discovery Education – site contains a large number of teaching resource and professional development materials. Many of the the resources are developed for K-12, but can be adapted for higher education.
  • iTuneU – Must download and install iTues on your computer in order to view the resources available on iTunesU.
  • PBS Teachers – K-12 resources many of which can be used in higher education.
  • Smithsonian Education
  • Teacher Tube – the goal of the site is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos.
  • Teaching ESL with Film and Video
  • TED
  • Quiz Generators for Online Educators
    Building out quizzes for both traditional and online classes can be a time-consuming chore. Luckily, there are now many online “generators” being designed that take much of the work out of online test taking. If you need to create a simple online test, look to the five user-friendly tools below.

    1. Exam Builder – With this exam generator, you can create an online test in a Web browser, and then publish it in one click. You can customize each test for online registration and individual retests, plus the site provides an analysis on how your students scored as a whole.
    2. Quiz Center– Brought to you by the Discovery Channel, this easy tool will allow you to create, publish and grade quizzes online. This generator is very flexible and, perhaps even more importantly, is free of charge. Teachers should find this tool useful at both the K-12 and college level.
    3. Easy Test Maker – Here, you can create a host of different tests at no charge. Your answer options will include multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching, short answer, true or false and more. This robust tool includes a spell check function, as well, which comes in very handy for those of us creating tests late at night.
    4. Charles Kelly’s Online Quiz Generator – This multiple choice test generator is very popular amongst tech-savvy college instructors. It allows you a lot of freedom in terms of formatting the data.
    5. JavaScript QuizMaker – As the name suggests, this is a quiz generator that provides JavaScript that you can cut and paste into your own Web page. If you are operating your own classroom site, this can be an easy way to host a test on your page.

YouTube – videos can be embedded in your course materials or saved into collections if you create an account.

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