Student journals as instructor-learner interaction

Rather than using the quiz functionality, I implemented journals using the blackboard learn journal functionality. I am loving it. Students are writing 2-4 paragraphs about the class. They are doing much deeper reflections, connecting the content to their lives outside the classroom. But even more important, they are using the journals to have a 1:1 dialog with me. Students are asking me questions that sometimes go well beyond the scope of the class – such that it already feels like a real connection. I feel like I’ll get to know my students better – but they will also get to know me better. Read More …

Reflections on #DevLearn

Last week I attended the eLearning Guild‘s DevLearn conference. This is the best conference I’ve been to for professional development for Instructional Designers that focus on areas outside of academia. The primary audience of the conference are those involved in the creation of eLearning materials or infrastructure for the corporate sector. There are several folks Read More …

Instructional design – professional development #devlearn and #dplToronto

I have felt the need to do some professional development around my work as a Lecturer in instructional design. After my last leave, I am feeling especially disconnected from the industry – so I decided that I should attend the eLearning Guild’s DevLearn conference. I had been planning to attend back in 2014 before I Read More …

Scaffolding, babies, and bathwater – #MOOCMOOC

Today began an exploration into critical pedagogy and in particular taking a critical look at Instructional Design. What is interesting here is that I’m just about to start teaching a course on the Foundations of Instructional Design and Learning Technology. This is one of the first courses in an Instructional Design master’s program. It needs Read More …

When teaching online doesn’t mean ‘at a distance’

I was introduced to the study of education through an online masters degree. My masters was an excellent program, and as such, it has set my context for what good Masters level online education should look like. When I have had the opportunity to design and teach online courses, I took many of the lessons Read More …

Looking for advice on class collaboration tool

I am designing an online course for a college certificate program on Engaging Mobile Learners. One of the activities in the course is to have learners investigate different mobile learning pedagogies, based upon the framework I start to described here – specifically – pedagogies that: replace, enhance, or transform learning activities.  What I'm looking for is Read More …