Episode 70

"Iterative Design"

Duration 00:12:25      Recorded on December 13, 2009

In this show, Susan and Dan talk about "Iterative Design", and help Dan's brother think through how to approach course design. They are joined by special guest Jane Bozarth.

Show Notes:

What is Iterative Design? We're helping Dan's brother, Dave, think through how to approach course design.

Susan starts with a textbook search and the big question of what the learner should know or be able to do 5 years down the road. Susan tends to be a minimalist.Textbooks do shape the course. Try to see your course in the context of the program or where they go next. That will help you determine what you need to teach.

Dan has been thinking about chunking content and has a sense online instructors have a better sense of this.

Albert Camus: 'those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.' Online instructors can relate! Susan likes to use movies to explain processes. Susan thinks content experts put too much in, and thinks there should be repositories for additional resources. She uses delicio.us for this.

Susan was recently in a workshop given by Jane Bozarth, author of E-Learning Solutions on a Shoestring and Better than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging E-Learning with PowerPoint.

'Design is done when there's nothing left to take out.' Jane explains this (by way of Skype). She also looks for the 2 or 3 things the person must be able to do after training. All in all, Dave has some ideas of where to start.

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The LT Green Room is a podcast for Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning. It is co-hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer and its show topics are often drawn from members of LearningTimes.org, a free online community of education and training professionals from across the globe. The LT Green Room gives listeners (and ourselves) an opportunity to reflect on what they're doing behind the scene that results in an effective learning experience.


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Susan Manning
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Dan Balzer
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