Are you designing a “NEXTER” course?

Richard Culatta reminds us that good learning is inherently a social activity. Content is learned through interactions with other people about the content. When designing a course it is critical to provide these interactions. Micheal More in 1989 identified three interactions required in a course; learner/learner; learner/expert and learner/content. Making conscious design decisions to include tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Wikis and Blogs will avoid the pitfalls of your course being a mere data dump. Richard refers to this as the traditional “nexter” computer based training where the learner clicks next, next, next and ends with a little quiz. This does not constitute learning.

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About Karin Potgieter

Originally from South Africa, I have been privileged to enjoy the beautiful lifestyle of Canada. My career in Early Childhood Education has been motivating, ranging from the endearing relationships with the children and families of the Preschool that I owned to the inspirational interactions with my students as instructor of the Early Childhood Education Certificate Program. My qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Early Childhood Education Certificate, Provincial Instructors Diploma and en route to completing the Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction.
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