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DIY Digital Design: What Teachers Need to Know About Online Learning Design

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Friday, December 4, 12:30–1:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Michele Eaton  
As teachers develop more online content for students, a new educator skillset becomes necessary: digital content design. Often the well-intentioned decisions we make when designing online content can have unintended negative impact. Learn about research-based strategies to design more effective e-learning content and ultimately improve student outcomes.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation, Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will discuss and reflect on the differences between face-to-face instruction and how instruction is designed online.

Participants will learn about quick strategies for improving teacher-created online content by thinking like an instructional designer.

Attendees will be given the chance to share their own expertise around design strategies to improve digital learning.


:00-:05 - Introduction of speaker, explanation of interactive Q&A tool to be used throughout presentation, and preliminary audience discussion of examples of good design
:05-:15 - Design strategies to improve consistency and accessibility of eLearning content
:15-:25 - Lesson design online
:25-:35 - Designing for cognitive load
:35-:45 - Designing for how we read and interact online
:45-:55 - Personalization and interaction in online content
:55-1:00 - Closing, Q&A

A Padlet wall will be used throughout for the audience to share their own design tips, strategies, and favorite tools.

Supporting research

E-Learning by Design by William Horton
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)
The Accidental Instructional Designer by Cammy Bean
Interface Design for Learning by Dorian Peters
Essentials of Online Course Design by Marjorie Vai and Kristen Sosulski

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Michele Eaton, MSD of Warren Township

Michele Eaton is the Director of Virtual and Blended Learning for the M.S.D. of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. She focuses on staff and course development for Achieve Virtual Education Academy and provides leadership for the district's blended initiatives. Michele is a 2018 EdWeek Leader to Learn From, CoSN CETL and 2016 Next Generation Leader, President of the ISTE Online and Blended Learning Network, Conference Chair for the Indiana Connected Educators organization, and moderator for the #INeLearn chat. You can follow her on Twitter at @micheeaton.

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