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Increasing Active Learning in xMOOCs

In the past few months, I’ve taken various Coursera, edX, and Lynda.com courses (all xMOOC-style courses).  The format for most of these is the same: a self-paced course using video lecture followed by a test.   They’re solid courses that are good if you want to  pick up some basic knowledge.  However, in their current format,…
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Instructional Design for Health & Wellness Classes

Recently, while talking with my instructional design students, I expressed a certain amount of trepidation about designing an online course focusing on mindfulness & meditation.  The challenge for me, I told them, was that I have no experience in designing instruction to change health behaviors or improve psychomotor skills – especially not online. Of course,…
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Adobe Premiere Clip First Look

As part of my continuing explorations of Adobe Creative Cloud, I chose to check out Adobe Premiere Clip CC – a video editing app. It is a companion app for the desktop version of Premiere. As such, it isn’t as robust of an editor as some other video editing apps.  However, I do like the…
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At the Corner of Effectiveness & Efficiency: A Promising Subject for Faculty & Instructional Designer Collaborative Research.

In my previous instructional design job, we were always trying to find a balance between effectiveness and efficiency in the design of our online workshop structure and organization.  We were a small team with responsibility for many online courses. We worked with faculty SMEs with varying experience in online teaching and course design and we…
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Illustrator & Visual Communication

I test out new tools for one of three reasons: I see some new tech that grabs my attention. A tool is trending in faculty or instructional designer circles. I take a class to improve my instructional design skills and the assignments require me to learn some new tool. Currently, one of the tools I’m…
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