Learning Design: The Science Behind a Great Course

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Today more than ever, more is being demanded of our learning designs. It’s not enough to base design in well-educated, creative decisions inspired by the context of a topic, concept, or experience. The best designs are informed by data and improve over time.

A panel of experts who represent different points of view on learning design -- the researcher, the practitioner and the informed consumer -- will share their experiences with learning design and its applicability in building strong education courses and programs. Topics of discussion will include:
  • What makes a great course?
  • Who is involved in the science of how people learn?
  • How can we apply that science of how people learn to our course designs?
  • How do we know if what we’ve created is effective for our learners?
For any academic executive, instructional designer, or faculty member striving for successful student outcomes, this presentation will provide you with new ideas and helpful tips and tricks from the rapidly evolving field of learning design.

This webinar is sponsored by Pearson Online Learning and hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. All content presented during the event is provided by Pearson.
Mark Walston
Mark Walston is a veteran communications professional with a 20-year history researching and reporting on higher education, with a focus on information technology. Former president and CEO of Concept Foundry, he has created award-winning integrated communications campaigns for universities and colleges across America -- and for industry leading IT corporations that serve higher education.

Mark has moderated numerous webinars for The Chronicle of Higher Education, collaborating with a broad range of clients including Blackboard, University of Phoenix, SunGard, Walden University, Apple, Pearson Learning Solutions, and SmartThinking, among others.

Mark recently interviewed college and university CIOs and other senior officers for a series of best practice case studies on database management and enterprise software. Mark also authored an Information Technology Forum advertorial series published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. Robert K. Atkinson, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Dr. Robert K. Atkinson is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering in the Ira A. Schools of Engineering and the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College. He is the Director of the Personalized Digital Learning Research Initiative Center at the Learning Science Institute and leads the Learning Sciences Research Laboratory.

Dr. Atkinson earned in Applied Cognitive Science PhD degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison with a minor in statistics and research design. His current research foci include the design of personalized learning environments, educational applications of social media, mobile learning, learner analytics and data mining. He has obtained—both independently and collaboratively—over $20 million dollars in grant support from a variety of sources including the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research and the Intel Corporation. His research appears in a variety of highly respected academic journals including Journal of Educational Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Learning and Instruction, Review of Educational Research and Educational Psychologist.

Carole Hruskocy, Associate Professor, Regis University
Carole Hruskocy is an Associate Professor for the College for Professional Studies, School of Education and Counseling at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. In this role, she has served as faculty advisor for Instructional Technology and Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment master degree programs. She is also currently the distance learning lead which includes managing online faculty and online course development., as well as serving as Faculty Chair and Curriculum Coordinator for the School of Education.

In her previous role as Instructional Designer at Regis University, Hruskocy collaborated with School of Management faculty to design distance learning courses, managed the instructional design workflow process for graduate and teacher education course development, and provided feedback on the development and design of undergraduate and graduate distance learning courses. Carole earned her B.A. in Elementary Education, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, from Purdue University.

Toni Koslow, Instructional Technologist, Calumet College of St. Joseph
Toni Koslow works at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Indiana as an Instructional Technologist. Her primary duties are administration of the Blackboard server, design and delivery of professional development for faculty, and coordinator of the Distance Education programs at the College. Toni has a MS degree in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently in dissertation at Capella University.

Jeff Bergin, Director, Digital Content Development, Pearson Education
Jeff leads the Product Design and Development organization within Pearson Learning Solutions. He guides the iteration planning, product design and testing, and rapid development of a suite of post-secondary products, including PLS’s flagship product, CourseConnect 2.0. Jeff works in close collaboration with all of the Higher Education publishing companies to build digital products that align to their best-selling textbooks.

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