instructional design, learning technology

Adaptive Learning: Benefits and Pitfalls

One of my classes, Trends & Issues in eLearning, recently discussed adaptive learning.

I was a bit worried that our assigned viewing/reading might not give a fully accurate picture of adaptive learning, given that the authors seemed to be in a position where they would benefit from putting rose-colored glasses on their audience. (For example, the author of “What Is Adaptive Learning Anyway?” works for – and is posting on the website of – a company positioned to make money off the uncritical embrace of adaptive learning technology. If there are shortcomings, they aren’t likely to be talked about here.)

To balance this out, I ended up reading an article cited by another student (Johanes, P., & Lagerstrom, L., 2017) as well as this EdSurge article, which helped me better understand both pros and cons.

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instructional design, learning technology

Design a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Tutorial WITHOUT Getting Yourself or Your Learners Lost

So you want to build a “choose your own adventure” eLearning tutorial?

“Branching scenario” tutorials follow a choose-your-own-adventure style of learner engagement, giving learners options and requiring them to make a decision.

Each decision takes the story down a different path, branching again and again until they reach a conclusion. Learners are in the driver’s seat the whole way.

Example flowchart for a branching scenario. Start at left, make decisions leading to different paths, with six possible endings.

As anyone who’s ever read a Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) book or played a CYOA game can attest, these can be a ton of fun.

However, if you’ve ever tried to design one – or been unfortunate enough to find yourself participating in one that’s poorly designed – you know that there’s a lot that can go wrong in the execution of a CYOA scenario.

Fortunately, you can increase your branching scenario’s success by incorporating the following steps into your development and design phases.

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diversity and inclusion, instructional design, social media

Article Review: “#Gamergate and The Fappening: How Reddit’s algorithm, governance, and culture support toxic technocultures”

Welcome to “Article Review”, where I put on my scholarly cap to give an academic article its due in critical analysis.

This week’s article: 

“#Gamergate and The Fappening: How Reddit’s algorithm,
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