How to Write Compelling Final Project Prompts

Writing Prompts Final projects make or break a course. A good final project incorporates everything the student has learned in the course. It lends structure and meaning to the assignments that precede it, and it offers the student a chance to demonstrate mastery of course material in a way that is authentic to the subject matter. In an introductory nutrition course, for example, a good final project might ask students to complete an educational flyer or develop a blueprint for a blog. Both of these assignments help students cultivate skills they will use in the discipline. A bad final project is unrelated to course material. It fails to provide context; that is, it does not explain why students should complete the project… Read more >>
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CAST: About Universal Design for Learning

CAST: About Universal Design for Learning. We at MSW are very ambitious about making sure that our course design offers learning opportunities to diverse students, not the proverbial “middle”, or only fully-abled English as-a-native-language speaking students. By including additional content formats (transcripts for videos and audio, alternate text for images for example), we open opportunities for students who may either need assistance with the language itself, can’t hear very well or simply don’t have the time to listen to the spoken track and prefer reading a transcript and making notes in the margins, which increases their productivity and adds meaning to their interaction with the material. Any digital text can also be searched quickly for particular terms, which again… Read more >>
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UNE Instructional Design: Demonstrating Excellence in Online Graduate Education

Large lecture hall at UNE, instructional design What is Instructional Design? Very broadly, Instructional Design is the process by which instructional materials are designed, developed, and delivered. It’s the job of the Instructional Designer to coordinate learning experiences that are efficient, effective, and appealing. The terms instructional design, instructional technology, educational technology, curriculum design, and instructional systems design (ISD), are often used interchangeably. Instructional design also involves the process of identifying the skills, knowledge, information and attitude gaps of a targeted audience and designing activities to close the gaps, based on learning theory and best practices from the field. A brief history According to Wikipedia, much of the foundation of the field of instructional design was laid in World War II, when the U.S. military faced… Read more >>
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