New Instructional Design Models

What do you understand about instructional design from what you have read so far? What model will you present for class? Why? What interests you about it?   Before this course, I hadn’t thought much about different instructional design models. […]

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Instructional Design: An Introduction

Instructional Design. It is a term that is severely misleading. As an instructional designer, I’m well aware of the connotations it brings, as I deal with it on a daily basis. Perhaps it is the way my job is presented, […]

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My Plan to Change Education

October 24, 2012

Last week, I listed out my problems with education that currently exist. Today, here is my solution. Fair warning: This is a big soap box for me. As a researcher and rookie philosopher, I must admit I’m blinded by my […]

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NPR: Writing a book but unable to read

March 16, 2012

The Writer Who Couldn’t Read from NPR on Vimeo. Imagine you wake up one morning and can’t read. Your eyes work, but the letters on the page have turned into squiggles. They make no sense. Now meet Howard Engel, a […]

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Lifehacker: In Defense of Video Games: More Than Just an Entertaining Time Sink

Lifehacker posted a very good article addressing the question “Can video games make you smarter?” The article lays out the arguement video games do not make you smarter, but they do improve cognative ability. When thinking about video games in educaiton, […]

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Mind Dump: Distance Education

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been studying about the origins of distance education. Not only was I surprised to learn that the idea of distance learning stemmed from correspondence courses from the mid-1800s, I was surprised to learn that […]

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New York Times: Harnessing Gaming for the Classroom

January 31, 2012

A neuroscientist at Bristol University, Mr. Howard-Jones says that “computer games are very, very engaging. And just as nuclear fission can be used to make bombs or generate electricity, games also have a light side and a dark side.”

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What if you are wrong?

One of the best lessons I’ve ever learned in my entire life occurred when I was a sophomore in college. I was asked a question: “What if you are wrong?” While the context of the question is irrelevant, I was […]

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Technology Should Not Discredit Online Education

The overselling of foolish ideas about technology should not be allowed to discredit the whole field of online education. We as faculty need to get beyond defensive contempt for this significant education innovation and look at specific designs with legitimate […]

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Why can’t we walk in a straight line?

NPR reports: Try as you might, you can’t walk in a straight line without a visible guide point, like the Sun or a star. You might think you’re walking straight, but as NPR’s Robert Krulwich reports, a map of your […]

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