Humans connecting in an online course…

As an instructional designer and an online web design instructor, one would think that my students would be able to easily get in and find what they need to be successful. While I understand the added value of being able to “test” the design to make sure that the user is able to accomplish their goals… this doesn’t always happen. So my online course designs often are placing square content into round holes and assumptions are made about the learner. What not everyone thinks that the LMS is as intuitive as I do?  

Yesterday I had a rare and beautiful interaction with one of my online students. We spent about an hour sharing screens via Skype. We were able to see and hear each other and our computing environments.  Instantly there wasn’t 7 time zones, continents, and an ocean of separation. Our connection was more than a 500 word—1 paragraph email (with an attached screen shot). It wasn’t just our technology and screens connecting. We were sitting next to each other and learning.

Dog On Computer

*Photo by Ttarasiuk, Creative Commons

But more importantly, my 3 year old now has a 4 legged friend named Devlin that lives in Newham.


About DaveHallmon

With experience in web, graphic, and instructional design, Dave maintains a balance between what is efficient and effective in every message. He always focuses on the why and how rather than "just doing it" to get the job done. By day he works at a leading university designing online courses that support 9,000 students in 64 countries. He works directly with faculty to brainstorm, design, and develop their online instruction utilizing the Adobe suite. He also teaches for the university as an adjunct faculty member in the area of web design. By night he is a devoted husband, father, freelancer, and adventurer of the outdoors. His other interests include LifeHacker, Science Fiction and Hayao Miyazaki movies, Settlers of Catan, and coffee with friends. He currently lives in St. Louis and has an M.S. in Instructional Design and aspires to pursue a professional degree in content marketing and strategy. Visit the links below for more information about his interests and design work.
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