I just finished reading Bharat Anand’s 2016 The Content Trap … recommended by one of my students – @SocialMediaCou3 – and I wished this book had crossed my radar 3 years ago! Yet, as we work our way through the pandemic and higher education’s response for the future, this book remains very relevant. Anand is… Read more The Content Trap
When I worked as an Online Learning Specialist at the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence, we typically had four types of clients who wished to transition their courses online. First, there were faculty interested in moving courses online who took advantage of our year-long course development process, which involved a summer retreat, a mock online… Read more Updated Online Teaching and Learning Guide
I ordered a couple of books on LXD this week as I develop a new mini-course for Northeastern tentatively titled Social Media Experience Design. This two-credit course will look at the intentional design of social media into learning experiences from a learning science perspective. The first book I read was Kiersten Yokum’s The Little Book… Read more A Quick Read for Corporate Instructional Designers
I have resisted the “20-20” meme that seems prevalent…though I did like Seth Godin’s take in “Seeing Clearly in 2020“: For most of us, 2020 is going to be a turning point. Because it’s another chance to live tomorrow over again. A chance to reset, to decide what’s important and what’s worth working for. Not… Read more Who Am I?
It has been over a month since I last blogged … a combination of finishing up a proposal development course with five doctoral students and updating my social media course. So Derek’s book came along at a good time. I just finished Intentional Tech: Principles to guide the use of educational technology in college teaching,… Read more Mindful and Intentional Tech
This coming Friday, I will be in Boston to co-present with my colleagues Elizabeth Mahler and Shannon Alpert at the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies 2019 Faculty Development Conference. Our presentation is about alignment…specifically, the alignment that should be present between learning objectives, teaching strategies, and assessments. We touch on Bloom’s Taxonomy, TPACK, and… Read more Are You In Alignment?
A little over a month ago, I blogged about my current top tools for learning…though, in reality, they were a combination of tools for learning and for teaching. Jane Hart is now out with the compiled list of top tools for learning for 2019 – the aggregate Top 200, the Top 100 for Personal and… Read more Top Tools for 2019
Last week, I read a report on the State of UX in 2019 by two editors at UX Collective, Fabricio Teixera and Caio Braga, looking at user experience as a discipline. Some fascinating insights…and interesting to look at the corporate view as one considers how educational instructional designers view (or do not view) the user… Read more The State of UX in ID
For the 13th year, voting for the Top Tools for Learning is open (closing September 13th). I have participated in Jane Hart’s annual survey for a number of years, and her call for voting for favorite tools is a good opportunity for reflection as well. My last reflection was here. My top tools this year…and… Read more Annual Tool Reflection
A little over four months ago, I posted about Jim Lang’s book Small Teaching: Everyday lessons from the science of learning (2016). In this book, Jim suggested a number of small modifications to teaching that could spark positive change, usually in the form of brief activities, one-time interventions, or small changes to the daily schedule. These… Read more Small Teaching in Online Classes