When faced with a new online training challenge, Ah-Ha! Media begins by asking the question at the forefront of every learner's mind, "What's in it for me?" or WIIFM for short. By understanding the learner's goals as well as the client's, we can design engaging educational environments that improve your target audience's performance.
E-Learning FrameworksOur e-learning materials are founded in multiple theoretical perspectives on effective learning and professional development, including adult development, reflective practice, communities of practice, and theories about the role of technologies in promoting learning.
Ah-Ha! Media's expert implementation of online training is guided by the following three research frameworks. Our founder has had the opportunity to study closely with many of these great minds and then translate their brilliance into effective education for your employees.
• Teaching for UnderstandingStone Wiske's Teaching for Understanding (TfU) is an educational pedagogy that uses the following four questions as a foundation for its framework: What topics are worth understanding? What about these topics needs to be understood? How can we foster understanding? How can we tell what learners understand? TfU includes four key ideas – based on the four questions: generative topics, understanding goals, performances of understanding, and ongoing assessment.
• How People LearnJohn Bransford's framework teaches us that a fundamental tenet of modern learning theory is that different kinds of learning goals require different approaches to instruction; new goals for education require changes in opportunities to learn. The design of online learning environments is linked to issues that are especially important in the processes of learning, transfer, and competent performance.
• Communities of InquiryGarrison & Anderson's model constitutes three elements essential to every educational transaction: cognitive presence, social presence, and teaching presence. The intersection of these elements are key in selecting content, supporting discourse, and setting climate for high performing online educational experiences.
Creating Effective Online Learning EnvironmentsAh-Ha! Media has developed an 8-step process to create effective online learning environments. From setting goals to measuring results, we work closely with our clients and their learners to produce the highest quality training available on the market today.
1. Set training goals for improving performance
2. Apply frameworks of adult learning and online learning
3. Design curriculum for understanding
4. Select and implement appropriate technologies
5. Engage learners, build trust, develop collaborative inquiry
6. Connect to local contexts and individual needs
7. Mediate interaction for understanding
8. Measure results
Wiske, M.S. (1998). Teaching for understanding: Linking research to practice.
Bransford, J.D., Brown, A.L. & Cocking, R.R. (Eds.) How People Learn, 1999.
Garrison, D.R. & Anderson, T. (2003). E-Learning in the 21st Century.
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