Social media is common in our worldly culture. Adult learners use social media to stay connected with each other, read the news, and (sometimes) stay up-to-date on their class assignments. Education is continually more attainable with social media. There is no way for me to be a successful instructional designer without social media and networking skills. In fact, this “microlearning” movement is gaining traction and can be enhanced using social media services.
Professional Learning Network – Health Communications Potluck
Providing networks for professionals to learn about current events within their field are common for many industries. Social media is central to many business connections and virtual global footprints. I created this network, Health Communications Potluck, to connect health communications experts and provide a space for learning about health communications research, programs, and ideas. I used Google+ to create a space for experts to share information and news within their field. All community members may be contributors and learners.
View the Design Documentation Here: Implementation Plan Professional Learning Network Sophia Burris.
View the Website Here: https://plus.google.com/communities/116986642126051239917
Short Webinar – Creating a Learning Flow
In my first short webinar, I demonstrated how to use a flow chart to transform a general learning design idea into specific learning sections. I taught a method of turning a training or teaching idea into a flow chart of learning elements. I adopted a practice scenario with an attendee-determined topic, learning objectives, and pre-determined requirements and restraints. I explained elements needed prior to creating a flow, tools for creating flows, and usefulness of the learning flow for building out learning content. I planned and implemented this webinar using online discussions, instructor insight, and peer input.
Long Webinar – Getting Savvy with SmartBuilder (A collaborative hosting with Elisabeth Gallagher)
Elisabeth Gallagher and I co-hosted a software demonstration webinar outlining SmartBuilder. In the webinar, we went over the pros and cons of SmartBuilder, basic uses, basic functions, and demonstrated creating a rollover/rollout pop-up action. We adopted a practice scenario of two people, Joselin and Berry, who need to do a Lego training and need to pack the training bags. We built a training for them on how to pack the bags and go on their way. The goal was to get attendees interested in the free tool and consider alternatives to the large-name content authoring tools, such as Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline. I have wrote a blog post on SmartBuilder. Check it out. A recording is provided here.
View the Design Documentation Here: Team Webinar Design Documentation