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Towards Maturity Interview with Michael Watkins Toolwire part 2

by | Sep 8, 2011 | Interviews

Winner of the IITT’s instructional designer of the  year outlines a new approach to online assessment.


In this podcast, Laura Overton interviews Michael Watkins , the Director of Instructional Design and Technology at Toolwire and the current holder of the Instructional Designer of the year award from the Institute of IT Training (who became the Learning and Performance Institute this September).

His unique philosophy for developing learner centric design through stortytelling and natural assessment captured the judges imagination. He is sharing some of his secrets of success with Towards Maturity listeners in a 2 part interview. (You can listen to part 1 on Storytelling here).

In part 2 Michael discusses the need to review our current approaches to online assessment and outlines steps to help develop a more natural assessment environment.
In this interview he covers:

  • Why traditional assessment approaches can fail learners
  • What is natural assessment?
  • How can natural assement be built into traditional e-learning design?
  • 3 tips for thinking differently about assessment design

To find out more about natural assessment, click here.

If you think you have what it takes to become the Instructional Designer of the year in 2012, find out more about the Awards here. Entries must be submitted by 14th October 2011.

Toolwire is part of the Towards Maturity Ambassador programme.

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