Absorb, Do, Connect Learning Activities

In the EMP we discuss the Absorb, Do, Connect Learning Activities from the work of William Horton in E-Learning by Design:

Activities are necessary to provoke learning experiences. Used in combination, learning activities can accomplish difficult learning objectives.” – William Horton

Absorb activities –  read, listen and watch
Do activities – exercise newly acquired skills. Take action and practice!
Connect activities – Application to original course work…

Objective Students will be able to define Foley production and be able to perform original Foley for an animated short.
Activities Type
Read articles and watch a short film on Foley performance for animation Absorb
Practice specific hands-on Foley activities in class with instructor guidance (developing mechanical skills) Do
Create an original Foley recording work to an animation and submit it for critique by instructors and students Connect

Define = Knowledge
Perform = Synthesis

Popular Absorb activities:

  • Slideshows
  • Physical demonstrations
  • Screencasting
  • Podcasts

Popular Do Activities:

  • Hands-on Practice Activities
  • Discovery Activities with Role play
  • Games & Simulations

Popular Connect activities:

  • Original work
  • Group Critique
  • Brainstorming activities

From E-Learning by Design by William Horton

Case Academy for Students and Coaches

Case Academy is a curated group of tools and resources to help students learn how to analyze case studies and train for business case competitions.

I began by consulting a number of my former case competition students to find out what types of training content they found most beneficial. We brainstormed different categories for content. I also ran a keyword analysis on Google Adwords around related phrases to see what was being searched the most. Continue reading “Case Academy for Students and Coaches”

Research Concept Vignette: Random Assignment


I’m aiming for a common look & feel for a series of 15 or so vignettes on various research concepts using Gero examples. Gabe pointed me to Flat Icons (which I now realize I’ve forgotten to credit in this file).

This is the second of the series, though the first that includes  diverse research participant images. These clusters and individuals from them will be used repeatedly, once they get cleaned-up. Continue reading “Research Concept Vignette: Random Assignment”

Teaching through whiteboarding

A popular technique to create educational videos, often referred to as explainer videos or whiteboard animations, is by recording the process of visualizing an idea, through sketching. There are many ways to accomplish this, and although it helps to have some drawing experience, it is by no means the most important skill.  As with most EdMedia projects it is the story being told that will have the most impact on the audience. How clearly you can tell that story and provide the information is the challenge you need to consider.


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