Tag Archives: Instructional Design

6 Reasons You Need an Instructional Design Portfolio

A while back, I decided to start building an online portfolio for my instructional design work, and it is now something I strongly recommend to any instructional designer. I have found it to be one of my most valuable career tools regardless of whether I was seeking a new position, or happy in my current position. Why do you need …

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Learning Objects: The Backbone of Modern Instruction

As more and more educational institutions begin implementing hybrid and fully online courses, instructional design processes will become exceedingly important. Design committees will not only need to evaluate course structure and learning outcomes, they will also need to create flexible learning environments. Traditional classrooms employing auditory learning techniques provide a platform that is easily customizable as objectives change and student …

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Is Social Media Social Learning?

The easy answer is: No, social media is not social learning. So, what is the relationship between social media and social learning? I like to think of them as the tool and the blueprint. Social media is a tool. It can exist on its own, separate from social learning, but it can also be incorporated into learning to support social …

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Mobile Learning’s Impact on Instructional Design

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It seems the common catalyst for emerging learning theories like Connectivism, Online Collaborative Learning, Personalized Learning Environments (PLEs), Online Networked Learning Environments, and other online-oriented paradigms is the importance of establishing social presence in the learning environment. As Downes (2008) points out: the focus of a personal learning environment “is more on creation and communication than it is consumption and …

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Active Learning’s Influence on Classroom Design

There has been a lot of talk lately about Active Learning and Constructivism, and how they can be used to enhance your curriculum. How can we get students more involved in the learning process? How can we encourage deeper critical thinking? Active Learning and Constructivism as learning/teaching philosophies surely provide a strong foundation on which to pursue these goals. But …

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DevLearn 2014 Wrap Up

At the end of October, the team of instructional designers from Designed:2:Learn traveled to Las Vegas to attend DevLearn 2014. The goal? To identify trends in the world of eLearning and collaborate with designers from around the country. Here are some quick take-aways from each of our Designed:2:Learn contributors. Steve Montague At DevLearn 2014 I focused on Immersive learning and …

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Starbucks’ Impact on Instructional Design

After a recent strategic decision, Starbucks’ impact on Instructional Design may go deeper than keeping us caffeinated throughout the workday. On June 16, 2014, Starbucks announced that it would cover college tuition expenses at ASU Online for any of its employees working at least 20 hours a week with very few strings attached. With the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, employees …

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Moving Beyond the Next Button

The Next button: It is such a little thing, but its impact on eLearning can be huge! Should the next button be there? Should we only allow them to click next once they’ve viewed the entire section? Where do we put the Next button, on the interface, on the playbar, or both? What do we do about the Next button? …

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5 Things I Learned as a Student Worker

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Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love my job. This article is for those who are interested in the ever-growing and rewarding field of instructional design. There is a common saying about Mondays that always makes me smile, “Mondays aren’t so bad, it’s your job that sucks.” Well, I can honestly say that I no longer hate …

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7 Reasons to Utilize Instructional Designers

ou are an instructor. You are walking down the hall towards your office when a new nameplate appears on the door of a previously unoccupied space: “Why do I need the help of an instructional designer?” You might ask yourself. “I’ve been designing and teaching my own instruction for years!” Although you have certainly perfected your craft over the years, …

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