Monthly Archives: September 2014

How-to Become a Master Instructional Designer – YouTube

Thoughts about instructional design. Instructional design is a profession that is getting a rebirth due to the internet; this leaves many trying to get a car…


Anna’s advice is rock solid. Instructional designers must be able to show what they know. If you are looking to get started in the ID field, creating content to demonstrate your mastery of design is the way to go. 

If you’re looking for a fast track to developing ID mastery, consider UW-Stout’s Instructional Design Graduate Certificate Program.


Special edition on research on MOOCs in the journal ‘Distance Education’

Tony Bates:

“The August 2014 edition of the Australian-based journal, Distance Education (Vol.35, No. 2.), is devoted to new research on MOOCs. There is a guest editor, Kemi Jona, from Northwestern University, Illinois, as well as the regular editor, Som Naidu.
The six articles in this edition are fascinating, both in terms of their content, but even more so in their diversity. There are also three commentaries, by Jon Baggaley, Gerhard Fischer and myself.”


Tony Bates is a wise practitioner and one of the true pioneers in online teaching and learning.  This article includes his commentary on the articles published by the Australian journal Distance Education.  

For a research based look at Moocs, with a helping of commentary by highly experiences online teachers and thinkers… this is the place to start. 

Microsoft, Intel, and Gaming Companies Get Ready for Laptops and Tablets with 3-D Vision | MIT Technology Review

Laptops with 3-D sensors in place of conventional webcams will go on sale before the end of this year, according to chip maker Intel, which is providing the sensing technology to manufacturers. And tablets with 3-D sensors will hit the market in 2015, the company said at its annual developers’ conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Achin Bhowmik, general manager for Intel’s perceptual computing business unit stated, “You can bring all these digital characters into the real world. It could be your favorite Disney character or something from a game.”


As an online educator, I look at gaming technology and immediately see learning opportunities. At a conference in 1996 I listened to Ray Kurszweil describe a future where AI enabled holographic avatars would be personal mentors and master teachers able to meet the individual needs of each and every learner. It was a vision of ultimate differentiation that would allow everyone to meet there maximum potential.

This 3-D gaming announcement feels like another step into that future.

Diversifying the Role Course Content Plays

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog –

We all pretty much agree that we try to cover too much material in our courses, programs, and majors, but the thought of leaving things out often causes personal and profession anguish. We argue with ourselves that a certain piece of content is too important to cut, and our students need to know the information to pass certifying exams and to get jobs. Then there are departmental expectations. Most courses establish knowledge bases for subsequent courses. Our colleagues are depending on us. We further complicate matters by making course and instructor reputations a function of content quantity. A decrease in the amount covered means lower standards and a dilution of the intellectual currency of the course. Bottom line: We know we’ve got a problem, but these realities and our thinking have us backed into a corner.

Burkholder asks a question that creates some space in which to move. “What should the role of content be?” I vote for multiple roles.


Useful insights that might shake up your assumptions just a bit. 

E-Learning Specialist Job : Mayo Clinic

Job Description
The E-learning Specialist performs a full range of professional duties assisting colleagues with designing and implementing curriculum (courses, content, and materials). He or she works collaboratively to design and implement educational activities including curriculum development, continuing education, and professional development within a collaborative practice framework. He or she will conduct an assessment of need, design curriculum for instruction, implement, and follow up with an evaluation of curriculum created. He or she will manage day-to-day business components related to e-Learning activities, including items such as marketing, financial management, and accreditation compliance.

Basic Qualifications:
Master’s Degree is required preferably in education, instructional design or a related field with three years of teaching and instructional experience is required.


This is not an online job. Work Site: AZ, FL or Rochester 

Re-imagining Information Literacy Competencies

Barbie E. Keiser

“The task force was charged with updating the information literacy competency standards for higher education “so that they reflect the current thinking on such things as the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the changing global higher education and learning environment, the shift from information literacy to information fluency, and the expanding definition of information literacy to include multiple literacies, e.g., transliteracy, media literacy, digital literacy, etc.”’


Here’s an article by Barbie E. Keiser,  recommended by Dr. Carl Heine, educator, entrepreneur, musician, and information fluency wizard. (Not to mention my dear friend).  Thanks Carl! 

e-job: Subject Matter Expert, Virtual – Scripting for Web Servers

Education/Degree in: Website Design, Graphic Design, Media Design, Interactive Design, Web/Print Design, User Experience Design, or similar web design degree. Bachelor’s minimum, Master’s preferred. Bachelor’s accepted only if significant industry experience can be demonstrated and must obtain School Dean sign-off.
5 years of in-field experience in: web design, multimedia design, user experience design for web, graphic design with web emphasis, or related field.
Knowledge of both Windows and Mac platforms (through virtualization if needed).
Must be familiar with PHP.