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Critical Reflection is More than Just Looking in a Mirror
Magic mirror on the orange wall. Tyler, 2008 (Flickr). Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic. "Magic mirr (More)
Caring for Lawns and University Courses: Fixing Common Problems with Deliberate Treatments for Good Growth
It is springtime and that means lawns are growing. What do you do to help your lawn along in the spring? Many people just start mowing. They also rely on spring rains for water. A lawn might look okay for a while with just this treatment. However (More)
3 Key Principles for Increasing Self-Confidence & Engagement in Online Developmental Math Courses
Most students who enter colleges need basic math skills to succeed in college-level mathematics. Therefore, most colleges provide “a sequence of developmental mathematics courses that starts with basic arithmetic, then goes on to pre-algebra, element (More)
3 Top Leadership Competencies for Instructional Designers
A successful instructional designer not only needs to be excelling in design and development, but also needs to be a leader, a change agent, and a strategist.  Within higher education organizations, instructional design leaders are in demand beca (More)
Begging the Question: Strategies to Increase Student Performance
Begging the Question: Strategies to Increase Student Performance If you're an instructional designer or an instructor, you undoubtedly know a lot about questions. You know that simple yes-no questions are often a dead end and that open-ended quest (More)
Let’s Get Real about Learning
The primary reason instructors are interested in integrating real world tasks into the classroom stems from a belief that learning that emulates real life is more likely to promote student motivation, engagement, transfer of learning, and profess (More)
Change, Ambiguity, and Uncertainty: On Becoming an Expert Instructional Designer
“If you can learn to tolerate change, ambiguity, and uncertainty, you will be successful in this field.” That was the answer my supervisor gave me when I asked him how I could be a really good instructional designer. It was 1989, and I had been worki (More)
Online Experiential Learning: Bringing the Courtroom to the Classroom
What is Experiential Learning? Experiential learning (EL) is the “process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” (Corbett, 2005, p. 479). As Kolb (1984) posited, individuals learn through experience, reflection, thoug (More)
The Difference Between Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, and Instructional Science
What is the difference between instructional design, and instructional technology, and instructional science? There are many different subsets of the field of instructional design, and in this post I will clarify the differences between these differe (More)
Learning Styles: The Ugly Christmas Sweaters of Education
Image altered from When Christmastime comes, there are often ugly Chr (More)
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