How to Design Learning Experiences that Engage More Students

Dear Colleagues,

The PCC Online Distance Education would like you to join us for a series of workshops on how to create more effective learning experiences and design next-generation courseware using Learner-Centered Design.

A team of learning designers from Smart Sparrow has been invited to discuss the design thinking process, provide hands-on practice with applied activities, and help us solve for real problems our faculty and students are struggling with in PCC courses right now.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Smart Sparrow content authoring platform and analytics tool, this workshop program is for you.

Workshop Details

  • Workshop 1: January 20, 2017: 11 AM–1:30 PM
  • Workshop 2: January 27, 2017: 11 AM–1 PM
  • Workshop 3: February 10, 2017: 11 AM–1 PM

*Lunch will be provided

What You’ll learn

  • Gain new insight into your content and students.
  • How to teach difficult concepts using active and adaptive courseware.
  • Leave armed with the tools and skills to build amazing personalized learning experiences.

Seating is limited, if interested please open the PDF attachment and register.

Workshop Details What You’ll Learn – Workshop Agendas

 Workshop 1 :

  • Smart Sparrow (SPR) Overview
  • Introduction to Design Thinking
  • Designing to solve learning problems
  • SPR Author training, part 1
  • Introduction to CAPI

Workshop 2 :

  • SPR Author training, part 2
  • Why & how to do lesson storyboarding
  • How to build lesson skeletons
  • Creating advanced pathways

Workshop 3 :

  • SPR Author training, part 3
  • Screen layouts and utilizing CSS
  • Adding additional media to lessons
  • The importance of user testing
  • Scoring & Analytics

Who you will meet

Photo of Dr. Dror Ben-NaimDr. Dror Ben-Naim, CEO and Founder

Dror has spent the last decade thinking, coding, reading, and writing about Adaptive eLearning. He’s a big believer in empowering teachers with great technology that inspires them to teach better. Prior to founding Smart Sparrow, he led a research group in the field of Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Educational Data Mining at UNSW in Sydney, where he earned his PhD in A.I. and Education and B.Sc. in Physics and Computer Science. Today, he’s a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s teachers college and Associate Director of ASU’s Center for Education Through eXploration (ETX).


Photo of Emily WatsonEmily Watson, Senior Learning Design Architect

Emily advocates and designs adaptive solutions grounded in learning theory and learning design. She collaborates with faculty and designers to blend pedagogies and innovative technologies that advance teaching and learning. Previously, Emily was a Senior Learning Design Consultant at edX, a non-profit online course provider founded by MIT and Harvard. She earned her Masters in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is also a UF alum, where she received her BS in Psychology.  



Photo of Amanda NewlinAmanda Newlin, Director of the Learning Design Studio

Amanda built our Learning Design Studio from the ground up, and now leads and manages our U.S.-based Studio. She focuses the team on delivering online solutions that are deeply rooted in learning science and teaching best practices. She often works directly with academics to help them identify their gaps and create their ideal learning experiences. Before joining Smart Sparrow, Amanda was the Director of Project Management for Pearson’s Common Core System of Courses (PSoC), a mobile-designed, digital product.


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Last Updated on: January 4, 2017 @ 1:50 pm

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