Twitter as a Tool for Professional Learning

For some, the social media site/app Twitter is written off as a place of indecipherable abbreviations (to meet the now-former 140-character limit), viral hashtags, and celebrity “beefs”.  Yet, to discount Twitter out of hand is to overlook a force of 330 million active monthly users around the globe, who together send over 500 million tweets … Continue reading Twitter as a Tool for Professional Learning

Developing ISD Best Practices to Succeed in the ‘Age of Acceleration’

In a recent piece, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman discusses the increasing pace of technological innovation, and what it means for workers and training (2017). As Friedman states, “If you want to be a lifelong employee anywhere today, you have to be a lifelong learner” (2017, p. 27). He goes on to cite a … Continue reading Developing ISD Best Practices to Succeed in the ‘Age of Acceleration’

Social Media for Teaching, Learning, and Job Hunting

Social media programs provide several potential applications to support and enhance teaching and learning.  These include connecting students, tutors, and teachers within learning communities, for sharing and discovering content, and for communication and collaboration.   For example, the following sites, identified here as being among the most popular by the Pew Research Center, are used to … Continue reading Social Media for Teaching, Learning, and Job Hunting

The Academic Writing Approach

Academic writing is a formal approach to written communication governed and informed by rules and practices; this best differentiates it from the myriad of personal writing styles which, though subject to convention, are not beholden to it in the way that academic texts are.  These rules and practices include: formal essay-based structure (introduction-body-conclusion); citation and … Continue reading The Academic Writing Approach

Differentiating Instruction and Instructional Design

A recent controversy over representation of how students are taught in public schools has served to highlight the impact of differentiation on contemporary classrooms.  Differentiation is, essentially, teaching the same material to all students, but tailoring it to individual students using varied instructional strategies, content, processes, and expected student products.  Instruction is differentiated to best … Continue reading Differentiating Instruction and Instructional Design

Moving from Teacher-Centered to Student-Centered Learning Through Constructivist Lesson Design

An often-cited issue in education is that, despite heavy institutional investment in instructional technology in both hardware and software, teachers have not embraced a vision of technology integration into their classroom that is student-centered, hands-on, and personalized.  Many teachers, as Herold (2015) relates, “are far more likely to use technology to make their own jobs … Continue reading Moving from Teacher-Centered to Student-Centered Learning Through Constructivist Lesson Design

Approaching I.D. with a Client-Centered Focus

Instructional design professionals wear many hats.  An overlooked but important one is the role of customer service provider. Instructional design is defined loosely as “a process for helping you to create effective training in an effective manner” (Piskurich, 2015).  Or more specifically, “Instructional design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning and instructional … Continue reading Approaching I.D. with a Client-Centered Focus

Project Update #5

Project “creep” is the phenomenon in which the size and scope of a project gradually grows, and often exceeds, what was originally planned for.   As multimedia expert Tay Vaughn writes in his text, Multimedia: Making it Work, “if you don’t clearly delineate the features and specifications of the project expected by your client, you will … Continue reading Project Update #5