Stephen Montague

Steve leads the Learning & Professional Development team, with over a decade of Instructional Design and professional development experience in higher education at Northern Arizona University.

Three tips to get the most out of a convention

Convention are something I look forward to all year. It is a time to see old faces and catch up with colleges and friends in my industry. I think they can be a wonderful tool to help teams grow and develop. I have been attending them in one form or another for over a decade and this time around I …

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Self Improvement

Man jumping up bar graph

Every year about this time at work. I have the privilege to sit down with my team members and do performance appraisals and set new goals for the year. It’s a time when we look back on all the things we have accomplished and laugh at all the bloopers we made. It’s also a time to reflect on what things …

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5 things managers should know

Work in team

For several years now I have been privileged to sit on a panel as a manager for aspiring leaders here at Northern Arizona University. On this panel is a group of managers at the University who, on the last day of the class, meet with the students and answer questions about being a manager. During this meeting there are always …

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Bigger isn’t always better

For some reason society seems to be obsessed with the notion that things need to be bigger to be better. Whether it is a bigger car or a bigger house, bigger is better. Sadly I have seen this mindset when working with subject matter experts. I can’t tell you how many times I have received a huge file of powerpoints …

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Changing Behavior

It’s that time of year where we reflect on the past year’s failures and successes and regroup and say “This is the year when I get things done.” Sadly, that motivation usually lasts for a brief amount of time, and before we know it, we fall back into our old routines. Why do we let things that we know are …

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Looking to the Future

The other day I had the privilege of sitting on a panel with other leaders, answering questions from a group of aspiring leaders. During this session the panel was asked how they prepare for the future. I was surprised by the answer of my dear friend and colleague who said, “I am lucky to see three months ahead. I run …

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Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s taxonomy has been around since 1956. Bloom and his colleagues developed six knowledge categories to help frame learning, which include knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. This model has stood the test of time in most part because Bloom’s team tapped into cognitive principles. In 2001, a coalition of learning professionals and cognitive psychologists gathered to update Bloom’s …

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Exploring ADDIE

When I first began my career as an instructional designer, the very first thing I learned about was the ADDIE model. This Instructional Systems Design (ISD) model has been around for decades and has many alterations and versions. In this post, I want to quickly cover what the model is, and how it can help instructional designers streamline their process …

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Tips to Getting Hired

People drawn to a magnet

From time to time I have to hire new members for my team, which is always an interesting process.  Over the years I have seen some amazing applicants, and also some not so stellar ones. So, this week I thought I would share some thoughts on what myself and others look for when hiring. Resume At one point or another …

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Constructivism: Piecing it Together

Constructivism has always been one learning theory that I personally feel makes a lot of sense, but gets overlooked in the rush to generate content. At its heart, Constructivism proposes that our experiences and reflections on them help us construct our world view. We are the sum of our experiences plus the knowledge we gain from them. In this way …

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