Posts by The Educational Technologist


George Siemens is a educator and researcher on learning, networks, analytics, and openness in education. He is the author of Knowing Knowledge, an exploration of how the context and characteristics of knowledge have changed and what it means to organizations today, and the Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning. Knowing Knowledge has been translated into Mandarin, Spanish, Persian, and Hungarian. Dr. Siemens is the Associate...

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“A team of instructional designers and e-learning specialists at Western Washington University were given the NWACC Award for Innovation in Educational Technologies at a celebration on campus Monday, Nov. 18. The WWU group — Justina Brown, Marc Ravaris, John Farquhar, Andrew Blick, Maggie Barklind, and Peter Agras were given the award for an experiential development program they conducted in the past year.” Excerpt...

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Hello and welcome to our website. I’m Marc Ravaris, M.Ed., the founder of ID&CMS. I moved back to Bellingham from Seattle in 2002 in order to pursue a long-standing life’s goal of becoming an educator, after spending over 30 years employed in the media production industry. My original interest was to teach TESOL (ESL). I obtained the TESOL certificate, and a B. A. in Spanish from Western Washington University (WWU, 2003). I...

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In our previous installment in this series, we discussed how ‘best practices’ were important in course design and included the union between structure and strategies, the yin and yang of course development. To quote our first article, “Structure often includes instructional design tools such as learning management systems and multimedia production software. Strategy includes what we often refer to as ‘best practices’ – the...

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“Designers no longer create (only) instruction sequences. They must create environments, networks, access to resources, and increase the capacity of learners to function and forage for their own knowledge”. “Instead of courses, designers need to see learning as an activity without beginning or end. Instead of programs, learning needs to be viewed as an activity that occurs within an ecology. In many types of learning, the task of the...

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