SilkWeb offers custom e-learning course design based on scientific research in learning. Our strategies are built on over 15 years of experience working with thousands of learners in diverse settings. Our blended instructional design approach boosts retention, engagement, and job performance. We are a complete learning solutions company able to manage every step and aspect of project development including subject matter experts, storyboards, determining outcomes and objectives, developing content and scripts, recording audio, course production, and LMS integration.
The Backward Design Model has three steps: 1) Determine learning goals and objectives, 2) Plan assessments that demonstrate learners have met course goals and objectives, and 3) Plan learning activities that prepare students to succeed on assessments. Our instructional designers collaborate directly with subject matter experts (SMEs) from the start to provide knowledge, shares content, and determines success criteria for the course. We work together to determine what evidence learners can provide to show they have achieved the course outcomes and we provide valuable strategic guidance to plan learning activities that will help them be successful. It’s a collaborative process that yields the greatest return on your investment!
Culturally Responsive Course Design
SilkWeb provides culturally responsive course design services to guide your SMEs on ways to integrate diverse ways of knowing, understanding, and representing information. All learning should take place in an environment that encourages multicultural viewpoints and allows for inclusion of knowledge that is relevant to the learners. The curriculum should be integrated, interdisciplinary, meaningful, and student-centered. Learners should be given projects and assignments that are both culturally and socially relevant to them. Culturally responsive and inclusive design promotes equitable learning and increases student motivation.
Universal Design and Accessibility both seek to increase learning access and reduce barriers for learners. However, Universal Design aims at a broad range of learners while accessibility focuses on learners who have particular needs related to sensory, physical, and/or cognitive impairments. Universal Design techniques include sharing content digitally and offering learners choices for how they demonstrate their knowledge. Our instructional designers are skilled in UD techniques and can guide your SMEs in making the right decisions for your audience.
Accessibility standards have the same goal: making learning available to every learner regardless of age, health, needs and abilities. There are two major laws and extensive guidelines that govern accessibility: The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or WCAG. SilkWeb can provide you with guidance in consultation with our IAAP Compliance Officer to make the right design decisions for your project.
Our service includes the most advanced levels of software and technology, including video, animation, and HTML5 simulations to ensure each student is engaged in the curriculum from the very beginning until the end. We utilize industry-recognized software and we test and confirm that the same content is accessible across multiple devices in an appropriate format – resizing to fit a particular device’s dimensions and creating an optimal viewing and learning experience for the end user.
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