Georgetown Announces Master’s in Learning and Design

Georgetown University has announced it will offer a master’s degree in learning and design. The program will be integrated with the school’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship.

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Instructional Design Basics

If you are not an instructional designer, but would like to learn about the basics, you will probably want to check out the many links in this article.

SAM Approach to Instructional Design

I have never used SAM (Successive Approximation Model) on any of the projects I have worked on as an instructional designer. In graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin I was trained in the ADDIE approach. ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. I completed an online program in online education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Their approach is ADIE. They combine design and develop into one step.

SoftChalk Adds E-Book Authoring Tool

SoftChalk has added an E-Book authoring tool to its SoftChalk Cloud platform. I have been using SoftChalk for many years and think it is a pretty good tool for designing instruction.

A Few Rules for Good Presentations

I am currently watching a course at lynda.com on Design 101 Presentation, taught by John McWade.. Everyone who gives PowerPoint presentations should watch this course. A fdw of his rules are:

1. If you are presenting in a light room, it is best to use black type on a white background.
2. If you are presenting in a dark room, use white type on a black background,
3. Forget pre-made templates. They are often pretty, but they are useless and distracting.
4. Always use type that is large enough to be read in the back of your room. I never use type smaller than 28 point.
5. Use one typeface, preferably a sans-serif font. Avenir, Myriad Pro, and Gotham are good. Use medium weight type.
6. If you want to use a serif font, Baskerviille, Century, and Garamond work well.