In the past I’ve talked about how it’s important to not let efficiency get in the way of trying to master a new skill or tool. Today, I want to expand on that a little bit and argue that sometimes, leaning too much into monetary efficiency is bad.
Yeah. Sometimes you just gotta spend money.
I’m not saying be frivolous. But rather try not to get locked into design patters solely by financial concerns. Let me explain.
Continue reading “Managing your Digital Toolbox”
In my series on Keller’s ARCS Model for Motivation, I discussed the important role satisfaction plays in increasing and maintaining a student’s motivation to learn.
Students are satisfied and motivated to improve when teachers provide clear, constructive feedback and affirm and encourage them, both verbally and nonverbally. As classroom environments become more digital and asynchronous, we must find ways to improve instructor and student communication, especially feedback.
In this series, I’ll share practical tips for
instructor to learner feedback and learner to learner feedback. We’ll look at tools
to help you improve and enhance the feedback experience in online courses. Today
we’ll begin with why you should provide constructive feedback.
Continue reading “eLearning Feedback: Make it Relevant and Relational”
Since this week is Open Educational Resources (OER) week, and 2018 was the year of open, I’m eager to touch on a topic that I feel passionate about that aligns with OER—Open Pedagogy.
When I think of Open Pedagogy, it brings to mind areas that I have a background in—practices and theories related to teaching and learning with technology and social justice. Open Pedagogy has several meanings, but we’re going to focus on perspectives specific to OER and Open Educational Practices (OEP).
Continue reading “Foster Collaboration with Open Pedagogy”
The next time you sit down to write a test, to place a quiz
in your online course, or send off a test key to your instructional designer,
ask YOURSELF some questions:
- Will the quiz motivate your students?
- Can you explain why each question is on the
- Are you using your test to promote learning?
Punitive to Positive
Which of those words has a better ring to it? Consider making
the quiz a vehicle for delivering a sense of purpose and motivating your
Continue reading “Dear Instructor—Take This Test”
June 2018 marked my seventh year in the
eLearning/Instructional Design field. In September 2018 I became a full time
Instructional Designer. You would think that after seven years, I’d have all
the knowledge, skills, and tools I need to do my job well.
Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’m still learning.
Recently, I’ve been exploring and learning about the
next generation of learners: Generation (Gen) Z.
Continue reading “Staying Relevant with Tech Trends While Meeting the Needs of Future Students”
Over the summer, we updated our online general education syllabus template using learning theory, universal design for learning (UDL), plain writing, and accessibility principles. Recently, Dave, Tara, and I presented this process at Continue reading “Remove Barriers to Learning with Design and Plain Writing”
A few members of our team (myself included) are preparing to present at the Symposium on Universal Design for Instruction and Learning. We’ve also got course starts, a project list as long as my arm, and new assessment tools we’re implementing in our LMS. And with the holidays fast approaching, needless to say, it’s just a teeny bit busy around here.
Then I discovered I had to write a blog post. Continue reading “Abandoning Dead End Ideas”
A Heightened Awareness of Accommodations
At a recent Toastmasters officers meeting in a popular coffee house, the club secretary asked me to switch seats with him. While I didn’t have a problem switching, I was curious why he wanted me to move. He informed me that as our meeting’s notetaker—and left-handed person—he needed a space conducive for taking notes. My seat was the only space at the table that met his need.
As an Instructional Designer, his request made me think about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the importance of designing environments to meet the needs of everyone. Continue reading “An Overview of Universal Design for Learning”
Throughout this series, we’ve unpacked the three presences of Charles Sander Peirce’s Community of Inquiry (CoI) model. In my previous posts, we’ve looked at social and teaching presence. Cognitive presence, the final presence, combines both social and teaching presence. Today we’ll discuss how you can incorporate cognitive presence in your online course. Continue reading “Communities of Inquiry (CoI): Cognitive Presence”
If you work in any sort of creative field, you’re going to fall into the occasional rut. Your work feels repetitive and boring. Uninspired. You find yourself taking convenient solutions rather than best solutions. Or, maybe you just can’t think your way through a problem and you have no solution at all. Your brain starts to slow down. You churn on the same thought patterns for unreasonable amounts of time. You’re just stuck.
Getting stuck sucks.
Continue reading “Beating the Dreaded Design Slump”