I look at developing eLearning Courses with Instructional Design as a fine art, blending my experience in educating students across the lifespan with amazing new tools of social technology.
I find that it helps to work through each step of the design process incrementally. It is essential to have a clear focus of intent when you begin. Working through the course with an iterative process is very creative work and helps the producers and subject matter experts think of new and better ways to increase engagement with the learner.
Virtual Workshops in Production for Liturgy Training Productions utilizing Adobe Connect:
· Catechesis and the Sunday Gospel: Incorporating God’s Word into the Classroom
· Children’s Liturgy of the Word in Your Parish Community: Training Leaders in Theory and Practice
The Lewis University undergraduate college course on Social Media Marketing for the School of Business gives a comprehensive example of my blended learning course design. I taught one class of traditional students and an adult accelerated business class.
- Synchronous and Asynchronous learning.
- Blackboard assignments, assessments, and small group discussion modules.
- Reading assignments – text book content.
- Direct instruction with PowerPoint, Lecture, and Discussion. (All of the classes were recorded and added to Blackboard so that the students would have access to the content after the class session.)
- A hands-on computer lab environment for the last few weeks of class where I taught the students how to set up and design their own social media profiles and WordPress websites. The students then used the website as their social media hub.
- The assignments worked together incrementally in order to help the students exhibit their learning by creating their own social media strategy and then integrating their knowledge with real-world implementation.
Recommendations as seen on LinkedIn:
Ryan O’Keefe, MBA
Social Media Strategist at Boxless Media
Professor DuQuaine is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to social media marketing and did a great job forming and implementing this new course at Lewis University. Her real world experience and first hand knowledge really helped to drive the lessons home and she had a lot of great outside speakers prepared that came in and also helped to put a real world spin on the textbooks material. I definitely recommend her as a teacher to anyone seriously interested in furthering their formal education in social media marketing.
Professor DuQuaine is without a doubt one of the best Professors I have had throughout my college career. She was able to simplify and explain the material in a way that everyone was able to understand. She found ways to keep the class fun and interesting through group discussions, interactive group work and allowing us to be creative on assignments. Another great quality of Professor DuQuaine is her willingness to work with each student. She is always more than willing to give the extra help that may be needed at any time. I strongly recommend her to potential students and/or employers and hope that one day I have the pleasure to take another one of her courses.
Graphic Designer at B.E. Atlas Company
Mary A. DuQuaine was a great professor and knew her stuff! She was a lot of help with Social Media Marketing and I learned new tools and strategies that I never heard of before, which is great for me. Definitely a great teacher to have if your interested in Social Media Marketing.