DesignFix for the Week of 9-11 to 9-17-17

This weekend, I took time off to do the important — sharpen the saw (Covey’s 7th habit of highly effective people). Here’s what I found on the internet on productivity, designers and design ideas. Why Deep Work Helps You Get More Done in Less Time As a fan of Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation: The Power … [Read more…]

“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 (this may not be the intent of the speakers) and that is not what I’m doing or my intent. Part of my job as an online ID involves reviewing slides that instructors use in their videos. My … [Read more…]

There’s a Place for Us [Repost]

[This was originally posted at EdContexts at 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…]