Accessibility Tutorial — Hyperlinks

Accessibility

Accessibility

Hyperlinks can be quite troublesome for people who require screen readers if the hyperlinks have not been appropriately created. This video explains how to address this.

Accessibility Tutorial — Hyperlinks (captioned) from M. Ricardo Flores on Vimeo.

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Design Thinking… good stuff

design thinking process

design thinking process

It’s been a while since I posted on this here blog, but I just finished facilitating a design thinking workshop and it left me feeling re-energized and with an awesome sense of creative confidence. I am very glad I was introduced to this process, and it makes my day when I get to share it with others. I’m felling pretty stoked, and will be facilitating another workshop on August 13.

Oh, yeah, and I’ll be more active in here!

ricardo

7 Things You Should Know About Design Thinking

First post in a long time! – Instructional Design Theories Infographic

Full time work and doctoral studies are keeping me super busy, but finally I get a few minutes to post something on the good ol’ blog 🙂

Here’s a little infographic I made for one of my classes about learning design theories.

R541 - Instructional Theory Infographic V1.0

m. ricardo flores – infographic

Created in Illustrator CS6 for R541 Indiana University IST EdD Online Program   –  Spring 2013

CourseSites by Blackboard is offering a new MOOC in their Open Course Series: Designing an Exemplary Course

One of my classmates has been working very hard on this project. She is an awesome person and a very competent and qualified professional. Help spread the word about this great course.
Description below taken from their website https://open.coursesites.com/

Announcing New Offering in Series: Designing an Exemplary Course

Open course enrollment will begin September 19th.

Duration: September 26 – October 17

Course Description: Using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) Rubric as a guide, this open course will provide both theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to recognize, organize, and build online courses for both blended learners and online learners.

CourseSites

CourseSites

Stanford announces 16 online courses for fall quarter

The university, which pioneered massive open online courses, unveils two new homegrown software platforms to host the courses.

You can take any of these course completely for FREE. These course currently do not get you college credits, but it looks like in a not to distant future universities will give students college credit for completing MOOCs successfully. Will this take a big bite out of community colleges and their market segment?

Are MOOCs the future of online learning? Are they good, bad, neither?

What says you?

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/september/online-courses-fall-090712.html

Infographic – Ed Tech Glossary

Awesome little infographic for beginners  put out by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Think of it as a glossary of terms. Also, bear in mind that the description of Instructional Technology given in this infographic is very simplified, and it only seems to refer to hardware and software. However, the description does not reflect what the profession and the field of study known as instructional technology are, so take that one as a simplified starter-description. Anyway, the rest of the chart should be pretty useful for anyone wanting to get started with speaking the lingo of instructional technology.

EdTech Cheat Sheet Infographic

Browse more data visualizations.

Some Traits of Successful Distance Learners

The evolving nature of teaching and learning

The nature of how teaching and learning is carried out is constantly evolving based on the ever-changing dynamic between multiple variables. Technology is perhaps the fastest evolving variable in a learning system. The advent of computers and the Internet have brought about drastic change to all facets of life, including education, and new technologies are being developed at lightning speed on a daily basis. Embracing web and media technologies for education requires a paradigm shift. Distance education is best achieved when it is learner-centered rather than teacher-centered. In this model the teacher becomes more of a guide on the sidelines rather than a sage on stage. The implication is that students are active participants in their own learning rather than passive listeners. This active learning approach enables students to “own” their newly acquired understandings.

Common Sense View Of Online Learning Environments

Learning Environments are Complex Adaptive Systems

Learning Environments are Complex Adaptive Systems

It is useful to think of learning environments as complex adaptive systems that evolve constantly based on the interactions amongst the various agents within, and sometimes from without, the system. As a student, it is useful to have a basic understanding of the role you play within the learning environment (complex adaptive system) in order perform proactively and efficiently. This leads to being effective (success). Think of students as agents, of teachers as super agents with special abilities, and content and technology as special agents. Now think of all the ways the various agents interact with each other! Where do you fit in? How should you perform to live up to your role in the system?

Successful Distance Learners Tend To Have The Following Traits*:

  • Are highly motivated self starters
  • Are self-disciplined
  • Are hands-on learners who like to be involved in driving their own learning process
  • Have access to a reliable computer, and have a contingency plan in the event of technology failure (technology will fail at some point, don’t panic)
  • Are comfortable communicating in writing
  • Possess good meta-cognitive skills
  • Have basic computer literacy skills, or are not timid about learning new technology
  • Are very adept at managing their time
  • Are able to work individually and as part of a team
  • Are able to perform candid self-evaluation
  • Have a can-do attitude

Do not worry if some of the traits just mentioned seem intimidating to you. What is most important in becoming a successful distance learner is that you have an open mind, are motivated to give it your best effort, and that you devote plenty of time to do the readings and assignments in your courses. This investment on your part will result in the achievement of those traits that will enable you to continue on successfully in you academic quest.

* This list is adapted in part from University of Illinois & the Illinois Online Network. 

http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/StudentProfile.asp