807 CANCELLED: Research Says? Current Research to Inform Practice

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, October 2

Instructional Design


During design and development, SMEs and other stakeholders sometimes suggest ideas or practices that are antithetical to good instructional design. For example, a stakeholder believes it’s best to film a daylong stand-up training session and deliver it as one video. An SME might write learning material on a complex topic without breaking concepts down for beginners. In these cases, it is helpful for the designer to be able to present research findings to help the stakeholders understand why you should design learning solutions differently.

In this session you will learn about current eLearning research regarding multimedia, visual design and usability, and assessment. You will be able to identify how and where to best cite research with an SME, and will be able to apply findings to their design and development process. Finally, you will leave this session with a list of current research findings in three areas: multimedia, visual design and usability, and assessment.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to cite research in three areas: multimedia, visual design and usability, and assessment
  • How to successfully use research to make data-driven decisions for design and development
  • Where to find sources of eLearning research
  • How to conduct a research-based discussion with your SMEs

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Stevie Rocco

Assistant Director for Learning Design, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Penn State University

Stevie Rocco is assistant director for learning design at the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State University. Stevie has more than a decade of experience working with faculty to create and manage online learning. At Penn State, her team produces and uses tools and technologies that create quality online course experiences. In addition, Stevie consults on a wide variety of topics, including faculty development for online teaching, accessibility, usability, open source and free tools, and social media. Stevie holds a BS degree in secondary education and an MEd degree in adult education.

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