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Developing Learning Objects. NC Basic Skills Instructor Training Academy 2012. VLC Professional Development Center. For more information about the Professional Development Center contact: Jennifer Jones (919) 866-5636 Session Resources:

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Developing learning objects

Developing Learning Objects

NC Basic Skills Instructor Training Academy


Vlc professional development center

VLC Professional Development Center

For more information about the Professional Development Center contact:

Jennifer Jones

(919) 866-5636

Session Resources:

Developing interactive learning activities

Developing Interactive Learning Activities

Session Overview:

Keeping students motivated and engaged in an online course includes all aspects of the course. This session will explore creating interactive learning activities that engage students through unique, technology driven tools.

Session topics

Session Topics

Universal Design for Learning

Planning & designing learning activities

Developing an interactive learning activity

Engaging students through activities

Universal design for learning udl

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Quote from CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology)

Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

Educationally does one size fit all

Educationally, Does One Size Fit All?

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Udl principles for effective instruction

UDL Principles for Effective Instruction

  • Faculty can offer various ways to REPRESENT(show) essential course concepts in support of recognition learning networks

  • Faculty can offer various ways to encourage student ENGAGEMENT(participate)in support of affective learning networks

  • Faculty can offer students various formats for EXPRESSION(demonstration) of what they have learned through strategic learning networks

Slide from Introduction to UDL PowerPoint by UDL Universe (EnACT) (opens in new window)

What are learning experiences

What are Learning Experiences?

  • Learning experiences encompass all aspects of learning

    • Reading materials

    • Handouts (instructor notes, PowerPoint files, etc.)

    • Videos, audio files

    • Images/ graphics

    • External sites

    • Activities

    • Assessments

  • Learning activitiesare the hands-on activities that students complete in the course.

  • Learning activities should align with the course outcomes and the module objectives (review Learning Experiences handout).

Interactive learning activities ila

Interactive Learning Activities (ILA)


  • Active learning – students must complete a task

  • Interactive – students are communicating with another student, instructor, computer, tool

  • Engages and holds students attention – tasks should require critical thinking skills, but appropriate for course level

Types of ilas

Types of ILAs

  • Synchronous & asynchronous communication

    • Discussion Forums

    • Virtual Classrooms

    • Blogs & Wikis

  • Interactive lessons

  • Portfolios

  • Multimedia projects

    • Video

    • Audio

  • Problem-based activities

    • Case studies (group project)

    • Graphic organizers

  • Games & simulations





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