Tips for Instructional Designers

Some tips for Instructional Designers from the Rapid eLearning Blog:

1. Chunk your content
2. Get to know your learners
3. Identify the discomfort
4. Peer coaches help train
5. Create learning journals
6. Online training compresses learning time
7. Create a working lab

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 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.

Report on Instructional Designers

You can download this report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It explorers the careers of instructional designers.I have been one since the fall of 2004, and I have gotten to do many different tasks. That’s what keeps the job so interesting.

Can the EdTech Community Become an Ideas Generator?

Another great article from my favorite EdTech blogger, Joshua Kim. The ideas he lists are:

1. Defending the traditional. bundled residential university
2. Championing a liberal arts education
3. Forming a coalition with faculty
4. Supporting post-secondary education more strongly
5 .Building educational practices on learning science
6. Integrating educational change theory with teaching and learning practice
7. Being a counterweight to the technology hype cycle and the productivity agenda