Kegan Remington

Kegan Remington, an Instructional Designer from NAU, specializes in Active Learning Pedagogy and the development of dynamic, collaborative, technology-enhanced learning environments. With a decade of experience in education, Kegan’s career is focused on developing high-fidelity learning materials, integrative learning environments, and promoting effective instructional techniques for the 21st century learner.

How Does Active Learning Translate to eLearning?

ctive Learning is a hot topic in the educational realm right now, especially among faculty and administrators in traditional P-20 learning environments. Everywhere you look, classrooms are being designed specifically to facilitate Active Learning, and curriculum is being developed that focuses on Active Learning, Constructivism, and Connectivism. But can Active Learning play a role in improving outcomes in eLearning? Let’s …

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Six Forms of Instructional Interaction

When thinking about modern learning environments, especially those focused on Constructivism and Connectivism, it is important for us to consider the six forms of instructional interaction. Examining all six independently and in tandem is critical to the success of the modern learner. Let’s take a look at the six forms of instructional interaction, and why they are important in today’s traditional …

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Learning Objects: The Backbone of Modern Instruction

As more and more educational institutions begin implementing hybrid and fully online courses, instructional design processes will become exceedingly important. Design committees will not only need to evaluate course structure and learning outcomes, they will also need to create flexible learning environments. Traditional classrooms employing auditory learning techniques provide a platform that is easily customizable as objectives change and student …

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Mobile Learning’s Impact on Instructional Design

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It seems the common catalyst for emerging learning theories like Connectivism, Online Collaborative Learning, Personalized Learning Environments (PLEs), Online Networked Learning Environments, and other online-oriented paradigms is the importance of establishing social presence in the learning environment. As Downes (2008) points out: the focus of a personal learning environment “is more on creation and communication than it is consumption and …

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Connectivism: Learning as a Community


n a modern world where knowledge objects are ubiquitous and openly accessible, the roles of educators and learners must evolve to meet the growing needs of the resulting high-paced, digital society. Connectivism is an emergent, net-enabled learning theory that suggests the most important result of a learning situation is the ability of the learner to make connections between distinct ideas …

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Active Learning’s Influence on Classroom Design

There has been a lot of talk lately about Active Learning and Constructivism, and how they can be used to enhance your curriculum. How can we get students more involved in the learning process? How can we encourage deeper critical thinking? Active Learning and Constructivism as learning/teaching philosophies surely provide a strong foundation on which to pursue these goals. But …

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xAPI – The Liberation of Learning

Learning is never a linear experience. In fact, learning is constant, happening all the time in many different forms. Modern Instructional Designers are now looking past traditional self-paced training, and are finding ways to design training programs that capitalize on both formal and informal learning experiences. This is how the Experience API (xAPI) was born. You may know it as …

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5 Myths Surrounding eLearning

eElearning: a buzzword to some, an inconvenience for others, and the imminent future for instructional designers. But what is it? What do we mean by “eLearning”? I define eLearning as a set of online resources that facilitate an environment conducive to learning and exploration, where learners can interact with each other, with instructors, and with content in flexible, yet meaningful …

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Using Humor and PSA-style Videos

What do you think of when you hear “online training” or “online education”? Over the years, I have heard many describe online training as boring tutorials that you have to click through, slide by slide, to fulfill a requirement set by your employer. As an instructional designer, I’m here to let you in on a little secret. We like to …

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Starbucks’ Impact on Instructional Design

After a recent strategic decision, Starbucks’ impact on Instructional Design may go deeper than keeping us caffeinated throughout the workday. On June 16, 2014, Starbucks announced that it would cover college tuition expenses at ASU Online for any of its employees working at least 20 hours a week with very few strings attached. With the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, employees …

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