Webcasting sessions (recorded), Recorded Interviews

Previously broadcast web sessions, recorded and available for viewing on demand. Can combine video of the presentation along with any supporting materials used during the session, or blog discussions after the session.  Examples: http://amps-web.mit.edu/public/sloan/2008/simon_johnson/sloan-simon_johnson-financial_crisis-mit-E51345-02dec2008-350k.html  http://baselinescenario.com/2008/12/03/recorded-webcast-of-yesterdays-mit-class/  Advantages: Boost retention Enable students to review complicated material repeatedly at their convenience Teach once and reach multiple audiences Can be a recorded interview/guest appearance. If … Read More


Instructional Qualities Demonstrates processes, procedures, and behaviors that can be difficult to describe Provides real world context Broadens the capacity to present information in rich format Offers a sensory rich experience Appeals to visual learners Motivates learners Can be used as the sole means of content or as part of a blended approach. Often used to capture a real time … Read More


Tell stories that develop over time, historical themes Example: https://vinformation.org/en/history/ http://www.usatoday.com/news/graphics/abu_ghraib/flash.htm


A simulation creates a realistic model of an actual situation or environment. Good for understanding the interrelationships among components of a system or process. Simulations differ from games in that they test or use a model that depicts or mirrors some aspect of reality. Learning occurs by studying the effects of change on one or more factors of the model. … Read More

Sights & Sounds

Documentary-style, audio drives the narrative, and photos are edited to fit the story. Transitions between photos are essential to a good presentation.  Examples: http://www.usatoday.com/news/graphics/smokies_save/flash.htm  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/athens/multimedia/olyss/flash.htm 

Quizzes, Q&A

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/candidate-match-game.htm  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/graphics/dogmatchgame/flash.htm  https://vinformation.org/en/Systemic_Change/Think_files/mini-quiz.swf 


Crossword and other puzzles can be geared to a more literary or well-read type of audience. Examples: https://vinformation.org/en/Puzzles_files/st-louise/index.html  http://education.jlab.org/elementwordscramble/index.html  http://www.biblequizzes.org.uk/wsearch.php?006 


Instructional Qualities Appeals to aural learners Stimulates mental conceptualization and learner imagination Humanizes and personalizes student-instructor interaction Adds credibility/authority to the presentation Provides audio cues Focuses student attention Effective use of learner’s time Music and sound effects can be used to enhance podcasts. Over 3,600 education-related podcasts exist in iTunes library. Can be used as the sole means of content … Read More

Photo Galleries/Slide Shows

A series of photos with text captions in slideshow format. Sometimes photos are the best way to tell a story. Example: http://www.usatoday.com/news/gallery/day/flash.htm  http://alabamamosaic.org/