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.
*Photo by Ttarasiuk, Creative Commons
But more importantly, my 3 year old now has a 4 legged friend named Devlin that lives in Newham.