George Masters

George Masters is an Instructional Designer with extensive experience designing engaging, cutting-edge training programs high school and adult learners. Using the latest research available in education design and teaching, George works with your Subject Mater Experts to design the perfect training in the most optimal format for your learners ranging from instructor-led to the latest e-learning and online formats.

Meet with Subject Matter Experts and Stakeholders

Introduction Designing better courses begins when you meet with subject matter experts and stakeholders. It doesn’t begin with the coding and development of the course. Meeting with your SMEs and stakeholders begins even before the money for course design and development has been allocated. Most instructional designers begin with the Analysis phase of the ADDIE …

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K-12 Distance Learning: What I Learned

In the first two articles of this series, I discussed the opportunities and the challenges K-12 teachers faced transitioning from traditional classroom learning to distance learning. I also mentioned my personal opportunities and challenges making the transition to distance learning with my colleagues. In this article, I conclude with what I learned adapting distance learning …

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K-12 Distance Learning: Opportunities in the Middle School

Introduction This year I was a long-term sub at a local middle school. It’s a job I have done before. The normal classroom activities were nothing new. I have done it on and off for well over 10 years. However, a new twist hit public K-12 education: online distance learning. Institutions of higher learning have …

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Micro Learning Modules Speed Development

Introduction Micro learning has received attention recently. Can micro learning modules speed development of full courses? Let’s look at how courses are developed. Many course designers use ADDIE for development. ADDIE is a sequential development method. ADDIE stands for: Analysis Design Develop Implement Evaluate In the following sections, we discuss each phase and how to …

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Micro learning: the Wave of the Future? Impact on Course Design

A recent post I ran across touted the benefits of micro learning. It suggested that micro learning is the wave of the future.  Micro learning is an emergent learning strategy.  It can quickly close skill and knowledge gaps. It’s an ideal teaching approach for many situations because: Information changes quickly People find it difficult to …

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Designing Better Workshops

Introduction A couple of years ago, one of my clients noticed a slippage in customer satisfaction from workshops. They were workshops that enjoyed a 92-95% satisfaction rate. During this time, I noticed a profound change in the learning styles and preferences of workshop audiences. Can designing better workshops improve satisfaction ratings from audiences? Comments tabulated …

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