“Beautifying” Slides

I have some resistance to that phrase, hence the inspiration for my reflection today. It carries some connotation that the work is meaningless (may not be the intent of the speakers) and that, is so not what I’m doing or my intent. In my job as an online ID, I review slides that instructors use in their videos … [Read more…]

There’s a Place for Us [Repost]

[This was originally posted at EdContexts at https://edcontexts.org/diversity/theres-a-place-for-us/. However, the blog is closing down. I’m thus reposting it here. It started as a rough draft and was posted on my blog on May 9, 2015. PDF-version-with-comments] I was born and obtained my undergraduate education in Singapore, “the little red dot” or “the Lion City.” In late 1999, I … [Read more…]

Virtually Connecting at #OLCInnovate 2017

Coursera Partners’ Conference, March 28-31, 2017, Boulder, Colorado. Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate, April 5-7, 2017, New Orleans. These two conferences were scheduled too close to each other for me to attend both. Fortunately, we have Virtually Connecting! On April 5, 3:15 PM Central Time, I met up with onsite folks, Lora Taub-Pervizpour and Patrice Prusko, virtually, … [Read more…]

Design Challenge: 30 Minutes of Learning

I have been working on a design assignment recently. Here’s the Design Brief: Learners would be academic department chairs, faculty and course developers and only have 30 minutes to commit to learning this module Topic: Competency-Based Learning in Higher Education I had about two weeks to complete this assignment. Some of you may know that I’ve been out of … [Read more…]

Learning Bytes: OopsEd, Books and Buzzwords

A Byte of 2016 OLC Accelerate The 2016 OLC Accelerate came to me today via Virtually Connecting. A major takeaway was the reference to what is called accidental learning by Roz Hussin and her students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln – learning from the “Oops” moments of our lives. The following video captured our interaction of … [Read more…]

My Super Power as an Instructional Designer

  Someone asked me: What is your super power as an instructional designer (ID)? A terrific question! In these days of rapid technological development and free web tools, I’ll stick my neck out to say that any ID can learn to use multiple tools and acquire a range of credentials and certification in several areas, from project management … [Read more…]

Practical Formative Assessment Tools

I had the privilege of using some formative assessment tools in my face-to-face classes the last semester. That is, instead of suggesting tools for faculty to integrate in their lessons. This is a good thing — to learn and implement, research and practice– the symbiosis we instructional designers need to acquire or develop as education professionals. Both facets … [Read more…]