Way back in 1984, Wendy’s introduced an advertisement that in modern terms would be seen as having gone “viral.” Three elderly ladies are at a fast food counter ordering a Big Bun, and one says: As I read Educause’s article on the IDEAS Framework this past week, a similar reaction hit me. Where’s the faculty?… Read more Where’s the Faculty?
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
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
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?
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
During a brainstorming web conference with Elizabeth Mahler at Northeastern earlier this week, she noted the need to move our elearning and instructional design courses beyond simply instructional design to focus more on the user experience. Learning Experience Design (LXD) has been around for awhile, but I wonder how much attention it has garnered? Ruth… Read more Leaving a Bit of Our Heart in our Courses
I unplugged a bit this past week. My wife and I were celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary with a trip through western Pennsylvania, visiting two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses – Kentuck Knob and FallingWater. Both houses were interesting in that they pushed the boundaries of what typical houses were. One of Wright’s core beliefs… Read more Teaching Over the Waterfall
At Northeastern University, I teach a graduate course on Social Media and Education – EDU 6333. I have been teaching it for two years, and it is fascinating to work and learn with (relatively) younger Masters students on this topic. The course is 12 weeks in length and flows like this, shifting between tools and… Read more Social Media and Education Redux
I have been enamored with the concept of bricolage for some time now. French for “tinkering”, bricolage is the building of something from what is available. Sherry Turkle applied this to programming, suggesting less an exhaustive specification than a iterative growth process with re-evaluation loops. Turkle writes: “The bricoleur resembles the painter who stands back… Read more 30-Day Challenge – Day 24 – Bricolage and Course Design
Yesterday, Enoch Hale started us on a 30-Day Challenge to post an out-of-the-box question about teaching and learning each day for thirty days. I responded yesterday with a question about design and whether it was complicated or complex. My question today really dates back to a wonderful book by Tom Peters, who in 2003 published… Read more 30 Day Question Challenge – Day 2 – Hyperlinked Course