Dr. Diana L. Brandon is a Teaching Faculty member of the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems program at Florida State University (FSU). She joined the FSU faculty in 2020. Her career includes a wide variety of teaching environments including higher education, K-12 classrooms, and museum education. Diana’s research interests include technology integration in education and professional development in a variety of environments. She has produced over 25 peer-reviewed papers and presentations. Diana has a Ph.D. from Michigan State University (Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, 2018) and a MS and BS from Virginia Tech (Curriculum & Instruction, 2011; English, 2009).
Instructional design is a fundamental component of creating any class, however; differences do exist between traditional face-to-face instruction and online instruction. Since the transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, online courses have continued to maintain their spot as a fixture within higher education in the U.S. Many students, have continued to enroll in online courses even after traditional face-to-face courses resumed at campuses across the country, due to the flexibility online learning provides. In these online courses, creating a sense of community can be a factor in ensuring a student’s success in the course. Through the principles of instructional design, administrators, faculty, and staff can create an environment in which online courses are just as engaging as traditional face-to-face courses and form an online community.
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