Designing Online Learning

So I guess I would say that the main thing
that I suggest when looking at creating online learning is to be very careful about considering the
types of interactions that are being designed in the
course so what I mean by that is that I'm just shocked
by the amount of online learning that I've seen that
has just a dump of content out to the learners anybody who has taken a course like that just
hates it it's boring, it doesn't engage the person
who is sitting there clicking through the screens with the
content and it flies in the face of all that we know
about good learning so what do we know about good learning? well, one of the things that we know is that
it is inherently a social activity. So people learn about content as they interact with other people about that content
– not just by readying or watching videos about it. it's through the social interactions that we learn about something. So when we're developing online learning, we can't
forget that we gotta do that same sort of thing. So one of the suggestions that I have is that I ask people to make a
mental pie-chart if you will about the three types of interactions
that exist there are three types of interactions – these
come from a respected educational researcher named Michael
Moore and he wrote an article in 1989 and said that
there are three types of interactions that needed to exist
in order to have an effective learning experience. Those interactions are: learner >< content interactions learner >< learner interactions and learner >< expert interactions So again, if you make a pie-chart in your
mind and think about the online learning that you're
developing how much of what you're doing is learner/content how much is learner/learner, how much is learner/expert? What I find when I ask this question is usually
looks something like this. A large percentage is just content-push out to the learner. And then sometimes there is a small amount of learner/expert interaction. And if ever, there is a tiny sliver of learner/learner interaction and so if you look it in that way, you see
pretty quickly that we need to get some other types of interaction
here in order to have it become meaningful. We know that talking just about the tools that we use does
not mean that there are effective interactions – and that's
why I like to talk about interactions instead of just tools. You can have a really effective online learning tool and
still not have a very interactive environment – we know that
from the classroom You can have a classroom and have a really
great learning experience, and you can have – in that same
classroom – a really awful learning experience. The classroom didn't change it's what's happening inside that space. The same with the tools And so when you look at developing online
leearning, how are you making sure that you're involving,
bringing in social interactions that bring students together
and connects students students to experts and not just push content
out to them Fortunately there are a lot of ways to do
this. There are a lot of great tools that are available; Facebook,
Twitter, wikis blogs – there are a whole bunch of tools that
make it really to connect people – but they have to be conscious
design decisions. If you're not deciding to do that as you develop an online course, it very quickly becomes
data/content dump out to the students. And then you get back into the traditional, what I call "nexter", computer-based
trainings where you hit next, next, next through and
at the end you take a little quiz and if you haven't fallen
into a coma before it's over you get some sort of credit. That's not effective learning. And so if we keep in mind what makes learning work, and that is social interactions,
and build that into online learning experiences, I think
we'll be very effective. And if not, then I think we're in a lot of
trouble and we need to consider what we're doing before we
invest any more money into online learning.


  1. Images by Angel said:

    Indeed ~ most importantly tone and language

    June 27, 2019
  2. Lisa L said:

    I am so horny, want to have a talk with real man, click: #dearSeeMeHere

    June 27, 2019
  3. Beats Planet - Rap Beats / Instrumentals said:

    Great points made here. Ill keep these in mind during my course designs

    June 27, 2019
  4. Kimberly Springfield said:

    Richard, may I have permission to use this video in a training for faculty on course design/facilitation?

    June 27, 2019
  5. Peter Hartman said:

    Great interview Richard.

    June 27, 2019
  6. John Rain McManus said:

    Much to like here, but… okay, maybe we do learn best through social interaction, but I personally DO learn a great deal "just by sitting there" and reading. And that often is a much more straightforward, less threatening proposition for me than the specter of learning through "social interaction."

    June 27, 2019
  7. G Andrew Page said:

    e-Learning interaction is much more complex. Additionally, there is learner interaction with TECHNOLOGY through haptic interfaces, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, etc. Also, leaner to leaner interaction via technology, is also a consideration. e.g. Virtual worlds.

    June 27, 2019
  8. TV 2 FILM said:

    I Really Like The Video Interview with Richard Culatta about the importance of developing interactive online learning. Online learning should connect learners with each other and with experts and not just content From Your

    June 27, 2019
  9. skywalkerac said:

    fantastic video. how about some discussion of how we can transform content into expertise.

    June 27, 2019
  10. Sonia Milano said:

    Yes, very good indeed. I am quoting your video in one of my research papers.

    June 27, 2019
  11. Amy Radtke said:

    Can't hear it.

    June 27, 2019
  12. Pamela Dunnington said:

    Nice interview, wish the sound quality was better.

    June 27, 2019
  13. Innovative Learning said:

    @Optomystic Of course – glad it was helpful

    June 27, 2019
  14. Scott Merrick said:

    Thanks for posting this, Richard. Permission to use it in my work with teachers? I'm sharing over Fb and twitter as we speak.

    June 27, 2019
  15. tmillergra said:

    volume is too low.

    June 27, 2019

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