NB ~ the podcast episodes described below were recorded some three months ago, so not all information discussed is necessarily 100% up to date. It is, however, 100% interesting!
In the spring King’s Online’s in-house Wed Developer, Simon Date (@simondate), went to have a series of chats about all things instructional design with Kristin Anthony (@anthkris), recorded as part of her excellent podcast – Dear Instructional Designer.
Two of the three conversations have now been uploaded and are available to download. Anyone interested in the world of instructional design and eLearning should definitely check them out at this address: https://dearinstructionaldesigner.simplecast.fm/
In the first episode Simon and Kristin talk, chiefly, about massive open online courses, AKA ‘MOOCs’. The discussion touched upon:
- The range of MOOCs that King’s produces, including Shakespeare: Print and Performance, and Medicines Adherence: Supporting Patients With Their Treatment;
- The challenges facing MOOC providers, such as low completion rate and difficulties surrounding making a profit; and
- The values of MOOCs from a brand recognition perspective.
In the second episode the pair chat about King’s Online’s chosen design programme, Adapt. When the team were looking for the central authoring tool for their work, it had to fit several criteria:
- Embracing modern web standards – traditional desktop based authoring tools do not meet the needs of today’s modern learner, who often demands a higher standard from a website than they did ten years ago. They, for example, expect scrolling pages that work with all devices that they use.
- Enabling collaboration and flexible working – server-based tools enable multiple users to work on a project at the same time, without having to install software on one’s computer and bounce large files around.
- Extendibility – certain members of the King’s Online team have grand ambitions for what our content should look like. Having an open platform for which we can create new plugins allows us to achieve anything we can conceive, rather being limited by a software vendor.
- Theming – our web designers are able to create beautiful designs for courses and see these designs realized across all of King’s Online’s lessons.
- Ease to use – the tool is very simple to pick up and understand. People can place content in a component and there it appears. But it also allows for components and extensions which add exciting interactivity which might increase engagement.
The third episode, which will be uploaded in a fortnight’s time and which will be downloadable from the same address, touches upon open source software. Keep checking the King’s Online blog and follow us on Twitter (@kingsonline) to stay up-to-date!