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Collaborative Training Environment

OpenClipart.orgA collaborative training environment does provide versatile framework that is designed to meet the current and future needs for learner-centered environments.  The tools used for instruction and collaboration are i.e. discussion forums, surveys, quizzes, online assignments, wikis, blogs and podcasts to name a few (University of California).  Those tools can be found in various Course Management Systems (CMS) that do embrace Web 2.0 technology and according to Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek (2012) have become de facto standard on how distance education courses are delivered.

This weeks assignment of identifying a solution for a major corporation that needs to develop a training solution for automated staff information system in six regional offices.  As the staff cannot meet at the same time nor location a solution must be developed in order to facilitate training at various times and various locations.  This type of training is called asynchronous distance learning (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012, p. 10).

Web 2.0

What an Instructional Designer must keep in mind is the corporations wish that staff members collaborate with each other during training.  This demand can be met with few Web 2.0 technology tools that are incorporated into most CMS’s that are being used today.  Staff members can create Wiki’s (and load relevant information there, can be either text or/and pictures) within the CMS system and exchange ideas in a discussion forum.  The Instructional Designer create assignments that need to be meet certain criteria and create quizzes that are interactive and self grading.

“Collaboration” is the hallmark of Web 2.0 (Rupesh).  The major changes Web 2.0 brought to the table few years ago do benefit the online learner.  Instead of being only for the selected few to publish on, the web now is for everyone to post to.  People can publish written information in few minutes and distribute the information to the masses through social media at the same time.  Web users are no longer just the spectators, they are now the creators of the Web 2.0 experience that makes collaborative training possible (Rupesh).



Rupesh, K. A. (n.d.). E-Learning 2.0: Learning Redefined. Retrieved from Library Philosophy and Practice: http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~mbolin/rupesh-kumar.htm

Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance: foundations of distance education. Boston, MA, USA: Pearson.

University of California. (n.d.). COLLABORATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (CLE). (S. F. University of California, Producer) Retrieved from UCSF Library: https://www.library.ucsf.edu/services/learningtech/cle


Week 1 Assignment

This weeks blog assignment is to find other blogs related to the field of instructional design and write a post about how I can utilize them in the future.  As I went jumping off one page to another I found many very useful posts about all kind of matters related to instructional design.  As I’m always looking for new ways to embed technology into my teaching methods the blogs that focused on technology related to instructional design were the ones that found most interesting.  Here below I’ll outline three of them but in my Links section you can find more blogs related to technology and instructional design.

Number 1 is the Kristina Hollis blog on Teaching and Technology. Kristina explores many angles of both instructional design and technology related to e-learning. I specially enjoyed her posts about History of Instructional Design where the illustration made the post more alive and for a visual learner like myself very interesting and motivated me to read the entire post.  I sometimes catch myself in the act of skipping posts that do not have interesting pictures explaining the topic – the more interesting the picture is, the more I am likely to read the article/post/news.

Copyright - Rosa GudmundsdottirNumber 2 is the blog of online learning insights, a Blog about Open and Online Education.  The blogs article about 5 Tools and Strategies that Support Group Collaboration Online I found very enlighten and enjoyed reading about how to engage students in collaborative group work. Also the article called Dear Professor, I Really Enjoyed the Online Course But…. where the blogs author, Debbie Morrison, analyzes students responses from the end-of-course surveys that have given constructive suggestions about how the instructor might improve overall students experience of the course.  Many more interesting blogs in there that are related to the field of Instructional Design.

Number 3 is the blog about 21st Century Information Fluency – Leveraging Information.  The blog has not been operational for long but there are many great articles and resources that can be accessed from it.  Among the articles I enjoyed the most reading were the ones about strategies for better Power Point, Animoto as a teaching tool and the post about 10 Free, Must Have Web 2.0 Tools for Your Teaching & Training Needs.  The web page scoop.it seems to be very effective in spreading interesting blog posts around as when I followed one link over there I discovered a lot of other useful sources. Some of them I have bookmarked to view later and others have made my day less productive as I have been stuck reading a lot of interesting information.  If this blog continues in the same way it has been doing for the past couple of months it will be very promising source for the technical aspects of the Instructional Design.