Motivating, Interactive & Personalized
EI’s Instructional Design Team strives to create learning experiences that are
practical, engaging, and inclusive. Our courses are not created as a “sit and get” type of
experience. Instead, each course incorporates active learning, higher level thinking skills, and
application activities. Before we launch any new course we ask ourselves three basic questions:
- Would I want to take this course?
- Will this course give educators strategies and ideas they can use
- Is this course inclusive and appealing across grade levels and diverse
The extensive use of classroom video, expert commentary, and interactive course
discussion boards provides a dynamic model of learning.
Using Adult Learning Theory, activities are focused on thinking skills rather than
working on the "right answer" to a question. Users generate their own strategies for defining the
problem and working out a solution. Users gain wisdom by reflecting on the teaching or leadership
approaches examined in the course, then consider how these strategies might be used in their own
practice. The final assignment in each course encourages learners to reflect on the processes and
"ah ha" moments they have discovered, and apply new learning to their setting.
EI’s course delivery system has been continually enhanced and updated with features
that allow the online courses to be taken independently or collaboratively. We encourage educators
to have a “voice and choice” in not only what they learn, but how they learn.