Connect activities

Connect activities help learners close the gap between learning and the rest of their lives. They prepare learners to apply learning in situations they encounter at work, in later learning efforts, and in their personal lives. If absorb activities are the nouns and do activities the verbs, then connect activities are the conjunctions of learning. Here are some examples of connect activities:


On-screen calculators reduce the reliance on pencil and paper for common calculations. They also eliminate the need to memorize complex formulas. About the examples Here is an on-screen calculator. This one is designed for photographers. This calculator differs in that all the values are contained in drop-down lists, thus eliminating typing errors. This example was … Continue reading Calculators


Consultants give advice. A Web-based consultant is a form that the user fills in to describe a problem-a virtual interview. When the user clicks the OK or Submit button, the form analyzes the user’s answers and presents its recommendations. About the examples This E-consultant helps managers decide how to deal with security violations by employees. … Continue reading E-consultants

Scavenger hunts

Scavenger hunts send learners out on a quest for answers and sources of reliable information on the Web or corporate and campus intranets. About the examples The first example challenges learners to find specific regulations about medical testing of human subjects. Learners are provided with a link to the appropriate regulations where the answers are … Continue reading Scavenger hunts

Guided research

In our complex world, research is a basic skill. Rote memorization of facts will not do in most fields. There is too much to learn and what is true today may not be true tomorrow. Guided research teaches learners to conduct research— to gather, analyze, and report on information. In a guided-research activity, learners consult … Continue reading Guided research

Group critique

The group-critique is the most complex form of original-work activity. Group critiques have learners help other learners to refine their work. Group-critique activities take advantage of discussion forums to help learners learn from other learners. In the simplest form of group critique, a learner prepares an individual answer to a question, posts it for others … Continue reading Group critique

(Excerpted from E-learning by Design.)

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