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Micro-Collaboration between eLearning Designers and Instructor Experts
Jon D. Aleckson and
In MindMeld, Jon D.
Aleckson and Penny Ralston-Berg draw on a great many years of experience in educational technology
to describe how the benefits of learning from an accomplished expert (a
professor, for instance) can be translated into an online format.
Industry professionals know that the online format presents an
opportunity for highly interactive pedagogy, a pedagogy by which
students synchronize learning with doing, replicating the
information-processing habits that come from real-life work in the
field. According to Aleckson, the key to creating an ideal
eLearning product is to meet the challenge of
In order to develop sophisticated online
learning activities, we must find a way to convey the tacit
knowledge of someone with real-life experience using the tools of
software design. This requires us to micro-collaborate:
individuals with very different backgrounds and very different skills
sets have to work in harmony to achieve a common goal. It may sound
simple, but anyone who has labored on an eLearning project knows
otherwise. In MindMeld, Aleckson and Ralston-Berg take us step by step
through the leadership, management, and communication strategies that
make effective micro-collaboration possible, using stories of actual
projects to illustrate his points. In addition, they provide a collection
of documentation tools to assist in keeping an eLearning project on
spec, on time, and on budget.
This concise, readable volume
contextualizes each aspect of eLearning development and highlights the
ways in which different team members interact. It will prove invaluable
to readers in both the business and academic worlds.
As a bonus to readers, the authors have
created an exciting set of "tools" for helping conceptualize and
implement the process.