Inside Higher Ed: Why Instructional Designers Are Underutilized

In the recently released Inside Higher Ed 2017 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology, the results indicate that only 25 percent of faculty have worked with instructional designers on online or blended learning courses.  (Only 23 percent say they have done so for a face-to-face class.)

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As Anthony Piña, provost of instruction and online learning at Sullivan University, in Louisville, Ky., says,

Instructional designers are the best kept secret in higher education. A lot of faculty and administrators don’t know what instructional designers can do.

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Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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Regularly Attend Workshops and Conferences

Michelle Costello, Education and Instructional Design Librarian, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo.

“If you are able to, regularly attend workshops and conferences on instructional design and instructional technology. These will keep you apprised of the newest developments in the field and are a great way to network. Make sure you take the time to go to events outside of formal sessions; these are often the best times to meet new people and talk about the ideas discussed during the formal sessions. In addition, take advantage of conferences and workshops outside of your specific field or area.” (For example, if you are an academic, go to a corporate-focused conference.)

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Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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58 Tips for Breakthrough eLearning Instructional Design

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The eLearning Guild has recently released a free new book of tips on instructional design.  The tipsters include:

  • Michelle Costello, Education and Instructional Design Librarian, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo
  • Jennifer Cote, Curriculum Developer, Salesforce.com
  • Kimberly Davies-Hoffman, Coordinator of Instruction and Reference Services, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo
  • Julie Dirksen, Independent Consultant, Usable Learning, LLC
  • Corey Ha, Instructional Technologist, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo
  • Dick Handshaw, Founder and President, Handshaw, Inc.
  • Charles Jones, Instrucional Systems Specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Jean Marrapodi, Chief Learning Architect, Applestar Productions
  • David Metcalf, Senior Researcher and Director, Institute for Simulation and Training METIL, University of Central Florida
  • Brendan Peterson, Manager, Training and Certification, Salesforce.com
  • Gina Richter, Instructional Designer First Data
  • A.J. Ripin, Director, Future and Emerging Technologies, Moving Knowledge, Inc.
  • Judy Unrein, Senior Instructional Designer, Nike, Inc.
  • Inge de Waard, eLearning Coordinator, Institute of Tropical Medicine

The tips are broken down thusly:

  • 12 Tips for Research
  • 25 Tips for Design
  • 14 Tips for Development
  • 7 Tips for Project Management

The book is available here. Or, here: 58 Tips for Breakthrough eLearning Instructional Design

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Pelz, “(My) Three Principles of Effective Online Pedagogy”

Bill Pelz, “(My) Three Principles of Effective Online Pedagogy.”  Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Vol. 8, No. 3, June 2004.

Bill Pelz, of Herkimer County Community College,was a recipient of the 2003 Sloan-C award for Excellence in Online Teaching.  In this article he describes the specific techniques he uses for creating an online environment in which students do (most of) the work, collaborate on projects, and establish an online learning community. Provides many strategies for use in online courses.

The article is available from Sloan-C: http://sloanconsortium.org/sites/default/files/v8n3_pelz.pdf

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Blackboard – Instructional Design Tips

This is an instructional design document produced by BlackBoard originally published in 1998.  Though some things have changed it is still a useful document regardless of LMS platform being used.

The document is available here:  Blackboard – Instructional Design Tips.

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