Analytics 2.0 for e-learning

My previous post on analytics for online learning made a few simple but effective suggestions. These were all focused on using data from Google Analytics to gain meaningful insights which you could then use to improve the online learning experience.

However, this is only one aspect of a robust … Continue reading

How do different eLearning methods affect knowledge retention?

Self-paced online learning, open studios and the timed of release of course materials: preliminary overview

The purpose of my research here is to explore the effectiveness, in terms of student learning and knowledge retention, of online courses which:

  • deliver all course materials at the start of the … Continue reading
  • Structured vs. unstructured online learning

    This post is part of an effort to explore how different online learning methods affect knowledge retention among students.

    Structured learning

    Also known as formal learning, structured learning usually indicates a course separated into modules with set assignments and deadlines. Students progress linearly through the course along with their … Continue reading

    Synchronous vs. asynchronous online learning

    This post is part of an effort to explore how different online learning methods affect knowledge retention among students.

    In many ways, the distinction between synchronous and asynchronous learning is a false one.

    Asynchronous online learning usually allows collaboration between students and teachers using email, discussion boards and wikis. … Continue reading

    Self-paced learning

    This post is part of an effort to explore how different online learning methods affect knowledge retention among students.

    Self-paced learners progress through a set course at their own pace. There are few short-term deadlines and learners can often choose to study different elements of the course in whichever … Continue reading

    Does eLearning have to look pretty?

    My professor at Quinnipiac University, Phillip Simon, set me to work one day investigating the importance of appearance in interactive learning experiences. Specifically, the question was:

    Investigate the impact of images, diagrams and graphic design on the effectiveness of interactive learning tools.