ID Models: A Recipe for Effective Instruction

Peanut butter and jelly…Apples and cinnamon…Wine and cheese...Chocolate and peanut butter…Coffee and cream…Cookies and milk…in the words of Homer Simpson, “Mmmmm….” Food pairing, i.e. the idea that two straightforward foods/ingredients can be combined to create a flavor that is entirely new and wonderful, has long been a fundamental idea of cooking.   Recently, however, scientists have … Continue reading ID Models: A Recipe for Effective Instruction

Constructing Learning through Projects

At its heart, learning is defined by change; i.e. because of learning, the learner exhibits a change in behavior and/or performance (Gagne, 1965; Schunk, 1991; Ertmer & Newby, 1993; De Houwer, Barnes-Holmes, & Moores, 2013; Driscoll, 2004).  Of course, the methodology by which how this change is best accomplished has been a foundational concern of … Continue reading Constructing Learning through Projects

Manage Yourself to Manage Others

In my recent post “Designing Instruction”, I identified and discussed skills and competencies necessary for Instructional Designers to possess and/or develop in order to successfully operate as a professional in the field of Instructional Systems Design.  A skill area mentioned in brief in that discussion that deserves more attention is that of so-called “soft” skills.  … Continue reading Manage Yourself to Manage Others