Who is The Online Generic?

It is a mystery long pondered and researched, who is The Online Generic? Who is this mystery student, and why should we plan our course content to appease him? Why is he so important to online course design? Most importantly... who can teach him/her?!?!?!? (dramatic music)

In this session, we will discuss the concept of a Generic Learner (The Online Generic is our story above) in online course design. Instructional design calls for designing content around a generic online learner. It is essential to understand this concept in order to develop and offer the most effective courses possible to students completing courses online. We will discuss aspects of the Generic Learner including faciliting his/her many learning modalities, crafting effective assignment instructions, and effective assessments for all learners. This is will be an interactive session with participants creating an assessments that meets all the requirements of the Generic Learner.

Ensure that you let us know:

  • Particpants should have a basic understanding of learning objectives and assessments in an online environment.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the aspects of the Generic Learner.
  • Understand the needs of the Generic Learner's modalities.
  • Create clear and easy to read instructions for assessments.
  • Create an accommodating assessment for all Generic Learner aspects.



Andrea Bevier's picture
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Manager, Online Learning
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU

Andrea is the Manager of Online Learning and an Instructional Professional for the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She has worked in higher education for over a 15 years, with a focus on technology use in online instruction. Through a combination of over a decade in IT within higher ed and an education in Education, she brings with her a unique perspective on the future of online learning. She holds degrees in Media Arts, BS in Education, an MS in Instructional Technology, and is a current Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership.

Andrea specializes in innovation within the eLearning industry through use of online education in fields without a traditional online presence. Her primary focus in her doctorate study is leadership capacity growth and training in emerging education fields. She currently resides in Apache Junction, Arizona with her husband, 3 sons, and 2 dogs.