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Basic Considerations in Online Learning and Instructional Design (Virtual Chat) (eXtension Members Only)


This event is for individuals from eXtension Member Institutions only. A list of eXtension Member institutions is available here.  

eXtension Members can access this virtual chat here .

The COVID-19 crisis is presenting challenges - and opportunities - for Extension professionals who need to bring their programs into a virtual environment. With few resources at hand and time of the essence, we need to find ways to create online learning experiences that are both efficient and effective. 

In this conversation with instructional designer Elise Lofgren from Purdue, you’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the basic considerations of online learning and instructional design.

Dr. Lofgren’s interest areas are instructional design and innovative educational techniques within the context of agriculture/animal sciences. Her current position as a Senior Instructional Designer on the Innovative Learning team at Purdue University allows her to work directly with faculty in the College of Agriculture and the College of Veterinary Medicine on undergraduate, graduate, and non-credit courses. Previously, Dr. Lofgren served as a Post-Doctoral Research associate in the department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication at Purdue University where her main duty was instructional design, development, and innovative educational techniques within graduate courses in the department.

While pursuing a PhD in Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication at Purdue University, Dr. Lofgren accumulated a variety of teaching and instructional design experiences through teaching courses both face-to-face and online, as well as informal programs. Dr. Lofgren has created educational materials for a variety of audiences, such as online modules, presentations, and infographics. For her PhD dissertation, Dr. Lofgren partnered with the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Kentucky, to create, design, develop, implement, and evaluate an online museum exhibit about horses in agriculture built in Articulate Storyline. Dr. Lofgren is also the project manager for a nationwide group of horse extension specialists, Extension Horses, Inc.

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