Tuesday, May 7, 2013

tweets - design



Global Voices (@globalvoices)
5/7/13 4:35 AM
Photo: 300 immigrants inhumanly crammed in police detention (@eleniamorgos)pic.twitter.com/Aa2xOwYnJK background bit.ly/108kibm #Greece

Dan RD (@ddrrnt)
5/7/13 4:36 AM
US directly accuses Chinese government of cyberespionagepulse.me/s/lq5lX


Adam Braun (@AdamBraun)
5/7/13 4:36 AM
Inspiring day with the #LalelaProject, seeing their arts education programs in action.instagram.com/p/ZAdM4Epvlp/



Buffy Hamilton (@buffyjhamilton)
5/7/13 4:36 AM
Why Online Courses [Really] Need an Instructional Design Strategy wp.me/p1N30w-1Xk via@onlinelearningI

I have over ten years experience as an instructional designer, which includes creating management development courses and employee training programs. I’ve also developed courses for K-12, including math enrichment curriculum and education programs for parents. I almost always adhere to instructional design principles and a framework for all course design projects, though I’ve found online courses to be the most dependent on sound design principles. In 100% online classes, not only is one building a course, but also a virtual classroom and community.

what does 10 yrs represent.. 
we listen to the list of accolades.. and fall in line..

In this first post of a four-part series on instructional design, my aim is to provide an overview of what instructional design is, and why it’s absolutely essential to online course development. In subsequent posts I’ll cover learning theories and their role in course design, models of instructional design, and I’ll present a framework for online course design that I’m currently working on.

oh my.
unless it's not..  no?

Though I’m an instructional designer and call myself such, I realize the term is vague. My definition in one sentence— “Instructional design is creating an environment for learning by structuring content and creating activities that engage students and facilitate meaningful learning”.  Also, critical to the concept of instructional design is knowing that it supports the process of learning rather than the process of teaching. Skilled instructional designers are not the subject matter experts, but collaborate with the experts to create environments where students can participate in rich, meaningful learning experiences. Of the many formal definitions of instructional design, I find the following the most accurate:

Also, critical to the concept of instructional design is knowing that it supports the process of learning rather than the process of teaching. Skilled instructional designers are not the subject matter experts, but collaborate with the experts to create environments where students can participate in rich, meaningful learning experiences. Of the many formal definitions of instructional design, I find the following the most accurate:


curious who the said experts are..?
learners themselves......?

Instructional Design is defined as “a systematic process that is employed to develop education and training programs in a consistent and reliable fashion” (Reiser & Dempsey, 2007


this supports the process of learning.. rather than the process of teaching..?
how..?


In addition, Instructional Design models or theories may be thought of as frameworks for developing modules or lessons that 1) increase and/or enhance the possibility of learning and 2) encourage the engagement of learners so that they learn faster and gain deeper levels of understanding (www.nwlink.com)


oh my.
3) or completely sabotage learning.. natural curiosity, deep practice... altogether..


Some critics of instructional design suggest that with abundance information available on the web, anyone can learn just about anything on their own terms and customize learning to their own needs. Instructional design is not at all relevant many argue, the models are inflexible and outdated. Yet I disagree. Even though we have access to unlimited content and can learn just about anything on the web, I suggest that this is all the more reason that structure is needed to guide the learner, frame the experience, even for students seeking a self-directed learning program.


structure needed is spot on.. but if you want a breathtaking, disruptive sustainability/thrivability.. the structure itself begs to come from self directness..  rather than some outside agenda-ized map.


"It blows me away that we have trusted the College Board for so long."
—John Katzman, founder of The Princeton Review




One of the saddest stories I have ever read. In just under two years, nine students would commit suicide in the Anoka-Hennepin school district in Minnesota. Child psychologist Dan Reidenberg, executive director of the Minnesota-based Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, said the district was the site of a "suicide cluster." Sabrina Erdely writes that four of the nine dead were either gay or perceived as such by other kids, and were reportedly bullied.

The religiously conservative district where Michelle Bachmann is the congresswoman holds the view that homosexuality is a mental illness. The policy "No Homo Promo," which has been in effect for almost two decades, said that within the health curriculum, "homosexuality not be taught/addressed as a normal, valid lifestyle." After backlash, the law was thrown out by the school board and a new policy where teachers were forced to be neutral on all homosexual cases, was enacted. Serious repercussions would result if gay issues were discussed in the classroom.

Even after nine successful student suicides, Bachmann had the nerve to rebel against the anti-bullying legislation.

from nikhil



One month, hours of interviews, and 7,065 words later, the first draft of my exposé of college admissions and how we can transform the process is finished.


Harold Jarche (@hjarche)
5/2/13 6:12 AM
How @daeaves visually describes his work eaves.ca/wp-content/upl… better than a job description