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Kelly Falcone

Professor & Professional Development Coordinator

Category: OnCourse

Lesson planning… steps to success

I recently learned about Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction.

Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction are based on cognitive learning theories and the sequence in which we process information. Gagne, Wager, Golas, and Keller (2005) define instruction “as a set of events external to the learner designed to support the internal processes of learning. The events of instruction are designed to activate the processes of information processing, or at least to parallel their occurrence, and support the process” (p. 194). This is the basis for the linear path of the 9 events of instruction which are in order starting with:

  1. gaining attention
  2. stating objectives
  3. recalling previous learning
  4. presenting the content/material
  5. providing or facilitating learning
  6. eliciting performance
  7. giving feedback about the performance
  8. assessing the performance
  9. focusing on retention and transfer of knowledge

I am a very big fan of infographics and found an awesome site with infographics for each of the 9 events of instruction:

On Course Workshop 2013: On Course in Online classes

Session 6H: Best Practices in Applying Active Learning to Online Teaching (RF, AE, TD)

Presenters: Al Trujillo, Faculty, Earth Sciences; Kelly Falcone, Faculty, Kiniseology, Palomar College, CA

Summary: You’ve employed active learning in your face-to-face classes, but what about using those same techniques online? What active learning techniques translate well to online instruction? What online tools facilitate active learning? In this session, we’ll explore some of the best practices in applying active learning techniques to online teaching. In addition, we’ll explore how to incorporate the eight On Course principles—which have been shown to enhance student retention and success—into online instruction.

Here is some information from the workshop:

Photos from the workshop:

If you have questions, comments, ideas, suggestions, or just want to say hello please comment to this post!!!



On Course Workshop 2013: syllabus station-to-station

Session 5I: A Learner-Centered Class from Day 1: Syllabus Station-to-Station (RM, AE, AL)

Presenters: Kelly Falcone, Faculty, Kinesiology; Al Trujillo, Faculty, Oceanography, Palomar College, CA

Summary: Do you dread the stares of your students on the first day of class, when you go over the syllabus with them in painstaking detail, and they just sit there, looking at you expectantly (and perhaps trying to do some sneaky texting under their desks)? The first day of class sets the tone for the semester, and in this session you’ll experience a fun, active, On Course learning activity called station-to-station, which is a strategy that you can use not only to cover your syllabus, but also a wide variety of other course materials. Learn how to set the right tone for your class, starting on day one!

Here are some documents from the workshop:

On Course workshop stations-to-stations: Example of stations

On Course Workshop stations-to-stations:  workshop handout

Health syllabus

Please comment to this post if you have any suggestions, comments, or ideas!

Race to Nowhere: What’s wrong with education today?

Are our students in a an educational race to nowhere?

From the Race to Nowhere website: “Race to Nowhere” is a film and call to mobilize families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

Here are a few videos to get the conversation started:

The Unintended Consequences of our educational system:

NBC nightly news clip about the Race to Nowhere:

Here is a video of a panel discussion at Stanford University:

What are your thoughts?  Is our current educational structure failing our students? What effect have standardized test scores had on our educational system?

21st Century Learning Skills: Do kids learn differently now?

How has technology changed learning?  Children today have grown up with technology and computers, does this actually change the way they learn?

It’s very interesting to look at the differences in students today versus 20 or even 10 years ago.  It is said that the Brains of these Millennial students actually process differently, much more like a computer.  They are multi-taskers and need to be actively learning; the passive teacher-centered classroom is a thing of the past and a style that will not likely be conducive to teaching these students.

Here are some resources on 21st century learning:

Article:  Connecting to the 21st-Century Student


Where do good ideas come from? How do they happen?

Do you ever think about where “good ideas” come from? Do you envision the light bulb in your head just all of a sudden turning on? Or is there more to how we come up with those genius ideas? Are there things you can be doing to increase the likelihood of having these “moments”?

It’s time we get connected!  Watch this awesome TEDtalk…

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from | Video on



Top 5 Videos Showing How Marissa Mayer’s Vision Will Shape Yahoo

Read Write Web article: Top 5 Videos Showing How Marissa Mayer’s Vision Will Shape Yahoo.

All of the videos in this article are awesome. As Google has shown, it is so important for people to work together to increase productivity, motivation and the generation of “GOOD IDEA’S”!

Marissa Mayer is very well spoken and a great role-model, not just for women, but for seeing what it takes to be successful.

Illinois Institute of Technology Commencement Speech: